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Teens charged following theft and car chase

July 23, 2013
Estherville Daily News

Two juvenile females face charges following a vehicle chase through three counties on Saturday.

Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that in the early hours of July 20, the Armstrong Police Department and an Emmet County Sheriff's Deputy became involved in the pursuit of a vehicle that was eastbound on Highway 9, from Armstrong.

The vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Caravan owned by Mark Olson of rural Wallingford, had been reported by a citizen to be driving erratically in the area of Swan Lake in rural Emmet County and was reported to be eastbound on 210th Street. The caller continued to follow this vehicle into Armstrong.

The Armstrong officer observed this vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle then attempted to flee east on Highway 9. An Emmet County deputy and the Armstrong officer pursued this vehicle at speeds up to 110 miles per hour through Kossuth and into Winnebago County on Highway 9 for a total of some 31 miles until the vehicle came to a stop near Thompson.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that both occupants of the vehicle were two of the same juvenile females that had been reported missing approximately three hours earlier from Forest Ridge in rural Emmet County.

Olson's vehicle had been stolen from his residence approximately a half mile from Forest Ridge sometime after the girls went missing.

Both teens were taken into custody at the scene and charged with theft of a motor vehicle, a class D felony. The driver of the vehicle was also charged with eluding a law enforcement vehicle, a class D felony, speeding (110 mph in a 55 mph zone), (100 mph in a 45 mph zone), (100 mph in a 35 mph zone), (100 mph in a 25 mph zone) and failure to have a driver's license.

Both juveniles were then transported to Youth Emergency Services in Cherokee where they will remain pending further action by Juvenile Court.



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