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Pregnant 17-year-old charged with the murder of a police officer who came to help her

By Mason White 10:17 AM February 19, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A Utah teenager was arrested and charged with the murder of a police officer.

Meagan Dakota Grunwald, 17, was pregnant and high on methamphetamine when she and her boyfriend shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy.

At 1:00 p.m., the officer stopped to help the two when he thought they were having car trouble on the side of a road.

However, when Deputy Cory Wride went over to the car, which was driven by the 17-year-old, he realized that she was high on drugs.

The officer asked for her driver’s license. When the officer returned to his patrol car, the passenger, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, shot and killed the officer.

Grunwald then sped away, sparking an hour long police chase.

During the chase, Garcia-Jauregui shot at officers, hitting Deputy Greg Sherwood in the head. The deputy suffered severe head injuries. The officer survived.

The chase ended when officers shot Garcia-Jauregui in the head. He died the next day.

Grunwald, who was driving the vehicle, survived, and is now being charged as an adult for a dozen felonies related to the car chase and the death of officer Wride, even though she never fired a shot.

She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.