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Galesburg teen crashes car stolen from GHS teacher in LaSalle

A Galesburg High School student stole a teacher’s car and then crashed it 100 miles away last Friday.

GALESBURG, Illinois -- A Galesburg High School student stole her teacher's car, drove it over 100 miles to LaSalle, and then crashed it, according to the Galesburg Police Department.

Police say that  GHS teacher Shawn Hickey found that his car was missing after school around 3 p.m. on Friday, September 13th, and alerted police.

Hickey reports the thief to be a 14-year-old female student who was reportedly "having trouble" with him that Friday afternoon during the final class period, and alleges that she may have taken his keys while she was at his desk. Due to a malfunctioning security camera, the theft was not caught on tape.

An officer was dispatched to the student's home to discover that she was not there.

Hickey activated his OnStar support and discovered that his 2016 Chevy Impala was travelling east on Interstate 80. Illinois State Police began a pursuit, resulting in the car crashing on State Route 351 just off the I-80 exit near LaSalle.

This mirrors a report from the LaSalle News-Tribune placing the crash at just before 5 p.m. in the same location. It was a single-car crash that left the vehicle totaled and the driver flown to a hospital via helicopter. Her medical condition is currently unknown and her identity has not been released.

Illinois State Police District 17 has said that the incident is still under investigation and has not given a time-frame for a press release.