WEST LIBERTY — Two female juveniles who were reported missing from the Adriel Group Home in West Liberty, Ohio, led law enforcement on a multi-county chase Thursday morning, Dec. 26.
According to the West Liberty Police Department, the chase started at 2:15 a.m. when an officer observed a silver Chevy being operated on the sidewalk after striking a building at the intersection of Detroit and Baird Street, in an attempt to leave the scene.
The officer activated the patrol car’s emergency equipment, but the vehicle fled southbound on Detroit Street. Officers state the driver then continued to flee southbound into Champaign County on U.S. Highway 68.
At 2:19 a.m., deputies from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit by deploying stop sticks on U.S. Highway 68 and state Route 296. The stop sticks were able to puncture three of the vehicle’s tires, but the vehicle continued southbound through Urbana.
As the vehicle entered Clark County, stop sticks were deployed again, causing the vehicle to become disabled in the median near state Route 334.
Officers reported that the speeds of the vehicle were between 40 and 60 miles per hour during the chase. The juveniles were taken into custody and identified as the juveniles that officers were trying to locate an hour before the incident.
A 14-year-old was the driver of the vehicle and was accompanied by a 15-year-old passenger.
The driver was found to have an outstanding warrant from the Champaign County Juvenile Court as the result of a motor vehicle theft earlier this month after she walked away from the group home in West Liberty.
Both juveniles were transported to the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center for charges that include theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, no operator’s license and leaving the scene of an accident. The incident remains under investigation and further charges may be filed.