Two teens have been taken into custody after stealing a pickup truck and leading authorities on a high-speed chase in Buchanan County on Sunday night.
The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says shortly after 7 pm, they received a 911 call of vehicle that had been taken without permission from the Mental Health Institute campus west of Independence. Within minutes, they received another report that two juvenile females had run away from Four Oaks, which is housed within the buildings on the MHI campus.
Shortly after, the pickup was spotted in Independence – but when authorities tried pulling them over, the truck began to elude law enforcement through town and then northbound on Highway 150, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour at times. The chase ended in Hazleton when the truck turned westbound onto West Hayes Street and struck a street light, knocking it over. The truck then jumped a curb and ran into a chain-link fence.
The two teen girls, 13 and 14 years old, were taken into custody without incident and have been referred to Juvenile Court Services.
They face several charges, including Eluding Law Enforcement, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent and Fifth Degree Criminal Mischief.
photos courtesy of Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office