Saturday, June 30, 2001

Teens take cops on 2-state chase

By Dave Eck
Enquirer contributor

        SHARONVILLE — It began when a Crescent Springs police officer checked a suspicious truck, and ended three hours later about 30 miles away.

        The incident began just after 5:30 a.m. when an officer found two 17-year-olds — one male, one female — sleeping in a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at a Crescent Springs supermarket. The truck had been reported stolen June 24 from South Bend, Ind.

        When a second cruiser pulled up, the teens took off.

        Police lost them as they headed into Ohio, but they were seen along I-75 in St. Bernard. Lockland officers used a tire-deflating device to slow them.

        About 6:15, near I-275 in Sharonville, and with three flat tires, the truck went off I-75, through a fence and into a parking lot. The teens fled into woods while officers from several departments, dogs and a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office helicopter searched.

        A motorist saw the pair on Canal Road about 9 a.m., and the chase was over.

        “They were in the trees next to the lake,” Sharonville Police Lt. John Cook said.

        The male teen is reportedly a runaway from South Bend. Police released no details on the girl.

        They are expected to be charged in Ohio with receiving stolen property, and may face charges in Kentucky, Crescent Springs Police Sgt. James Wendeln said.


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