FRANKLIN, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a joy ride in a stolen vehicle ended with two teenagers in custody.
At 2:40 a.m. Monday, a trooper clocked a car going 81 mph on southbound I-75, just north of the Franklin-Springboro exit. The driver refused to stop and took the exit, speeding through red lights on State Route 73.
Lt. Chuck O’Bryon, OSP’s Lebanon Post Commander explained the pursuing officers assessed the situation before following the fleeing vehicle.
He said, “(We’re concerned about) safety of the officers involved and safety of the people that are fleeing as well. Officers weigh that into consideration before they decide to keep pursuing or terminate the pursuit.”
The car chase ended on Miami Avenue near Lake Avenue when the car crashed into a concrete barrier bordering the Great Miami River. The driver and a passenger ran from the scene on foot.
A K-9 officer from the Monroe Police Department helped track the suspects and found the 18-year-old driver a short distance away. Later, troopers patrolling the area found the 15-year-old passenger walking nearby. He surrendered peacefully.
Investigators believe the 18-year-old took the vehicle from his parents without permission and they reported it stolen.
He was taken to the Warren County Jail and likely faces two felony charges for Fleeing and Eluding and Receiving Stolen Property. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for Obstructing Official Business.
The 15-year-old passenger was taken to the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center and may also face fleeing and obstructing charges.