Two teens caught after fleeing from children's home

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Two teenagers led police on a two-city chase Monday morning that ended when their allegedly stolen vehicle crashed in Cape Girardeau.

The pursuit began around 2 a.m. near Ann Wood Estates when a Jackson police officer noticed a Ford Windstar minivan weaving and crossing the center line, according to Jackson Lt. Rodney Barnes.

The officer ran a check on the license plate and found the van was reported stolen in Madison County. When the officer attempted to pull the van over, it instead continued south on Kingshighway toward Cape Girardeau, Barnes said.

Cape Girardeau police picked up the pursuit and later found the vehicle crashed off the roadway near the Interstate 55 and Highway 74 interchange, Cape Girardeau police spokesman Jason Selzer said.

The suspects were seen fleeing into nearby woods, but they ignored repeated commands to come out, Selzer said. Only when police officers told the suspects they had called in a canine unit did they come out of the woods, he said.

The pair, two 15-year-old boys, were arrested and taken to the juvenile detention facility, Selzer said.

Both boys had fled the Faith Foundation Children's home in Fredericktown, Mo., according to Selzer. The stolen van was registered to the facility, he said. The two teens were not injured in the crash.

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