Thursday, March 18, 2004

Chase leaves wreck trail



By Travis Gettys
The Cincinnati Enquirer

An early morning police chase Wednesday left six vehicles damaged and two juveniles behind bars.

Newport police reported a Ford Explorer stolen, and Covington Police Lt. Col. Mike Kraft said officers spotted it shortly after 8 a.m. on Greenup Street.

The 15-year-old driver, with a 14-year-old passenger, intentionally ran into a police cruiser that had pulled over to block their escape, Kraft said.

At Sixth and Greenup, the driver drove the SUV over the top of a smaller car stopped at a traffic light, shattering its windshield, and hit another car.

"They actually went airborne," Kraft said.

The Ford Explorer blew a tire, he said, but the chase continued into Cincinnati, where the pair intentionally struck two more police cruisers positioned to stop them on Mehring Way, Kraft said.

They were finally apprehended near Pete Rose Way and charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, assault and criminal mischief.

The pair face additional charges in Ohio, where they await extradition, Kraft said

Passengers in the other cars suffered only minor injuries, Kraft said.

E-mail tgettys@enquirer.com




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