Thursday, May 6, 2004

Teens held for theft, chase

SUV stolen from N.Ky. eatery

The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT MITCHELL - Two teens from Ludlow were arrested early Wednesday for stealing a car from a Northern Kentucky restaurant and leading police on a 15-mile chase through narrow subdivision streets.

The 15-year-old driver was charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and evading police, and wanton endangerment.

A 14-year-old passenger was charged with receiving stolen property. All the charges are felonies.

Authorities did not release the names of the boys because they are juveniles.

Fort Mitchell Police Chief Steve Hensley said the chase started when police spotted a stolen 1992 green Oldsmobile sport-utility vehicle about 2 a.m. going south on Interstate 71/75. The SUV had been reported stolen from the parking lot of Carrabba's Italian Grill in Crestview Hills earlier.

More than a dozen officers from six agencies chased the SUV as it got off on Buttermilk Pike and began navigating its way through residential streets in cities, including Fort Mitchell and Erlanger. At the height of the 10-minute chase, the SUV was going 60 mph in 25 mph zones.

The two teens surrendered to police on Kenton Lands Road after the SUV's tire went flat.

Police had placed special devices in the road that punctured the tires during the chase.

"They came very close to striking at least one officer on foot and several cruisers," Hensley said. "The speeds they were going were extremely excessive considering some of the streets they were on."

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