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Foster teen accused of leading police on chase

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

            Foster sisters run away, steal car, lead police on high-speed chase
Foster sisters run away, steal car, lead police on high-speed chase

A teenager in foster care is accused of leading police on a high speed chase in a stolen car Thursday morning.

The 16-year-old girl and her 13-year-old sister are in police custody now.

Officers spotted the teens around 1:30 a.m. in a Pontiac Sunfire at Fat Boys auto parts store, according to police. The vehicle was reported stolen from Shelby County.

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Moraine police Sgt. Mike Keegan said when he pulled up to investigate, the Pontiac took off northbound on Route 741 at a high rate of speed.

The 13-year-old reportedly jumped out of the car before the chase started.

The car went down I-75 south to Route 35 East before turning around at Steve Whalen Boulevard. It went back up on westbound U.S. 35 and ended up hitting at tree near James H. McGee Boulevard.

"From what I understand here, this is a girl from this area that was placed a couple counties away. And her friends and probably her life is still back here," Keegan said.

"Seeing what I've dealt with in 20 years of dealing with teenagers, they want to get back to their friends and who they know, and sometimes they do stuff and they make mistakes like this," he said.

Both girls had been placed in foster care in Shelby County yesterday.

The 16-year-old does not have a license, according to police. She will face charges in connection with the theft of the car and fleeing from officers, police said.