BANGOR, Maine — A teenage runaway from Standish has died after a high-speed police chase and crash in Oklahoma late Sunday involving her and her boyfriend, who was driving, a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office representative said Tuesday.
Collette Boure, 17, of Standish suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and later died, Capt. Don Goulet said Tuesday.
“The family notified the detective involved that they decided to take her off life support,” the captain said.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Tuesday released the initial crash report about the 11:48 p.m. collision on U.S. Route 70 in Hugo, Oklahoma, which states Boure suffered “head, trunk, internal, arm and leg injuries” in the crash.
Boure, who was reported as a runaway to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 13, was taken by AirEvac helicopter to Saint Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, Texas, after the crash, the highway patrol report states.
Her boyfriend, Alexander Meyers, 17, of Portland, was driving and was taken into custody after the crash. He was reported as a runaway on Oct. 21.
The teens were traveling in a stolen vehicle from Maine when an Idabel, Oklahoma, officer reportedly tried to stop them for speeding, which led to a high-speed chase and ended when the vehicle crashed about 40 miles down the road.
The crash occurred when Meyers, who was being pursued by law enforcement from Idabel, McCurtain County and the Valliant Police Department, attempted to drive around a stopped police cruiser, Sheriff Terry Park of Choctaw County, Oklahoma, said Tuesday.
“He hit a curb and went airborne and struck a utility pole on the passenger side,” said Park, who was saddened to learn of the girl’s death. “The vehicle landed on its side. The driver was able to crawl out of the car. An Idabel deputy got into the vehicle and was able to get her out.”
Meyers was taken into custody by the Idabel Police Department, Park said.
Idabel District Attorney Mark Matloff is handling the case and is expected to charge Meyers for his role in Boure’s death.
BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.