FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Authorities arrested three teens last week following a pursuit on Ohio 204.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol attempted a traffic stop on Feb. 6 around 11:42 p.m. after coming across a stolen SUV out of Columbus. That’s when the vehicle sped off and the pursuit began.
According to an incident report, the SUV reached speeds of up to 75 mph before crashing into a ditch at the intersection of Ohio 310.
The three teens then fled the scene on foot. The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office was called in to help set a perimeter while Pataskala Police brought in K-9s to help find the suspects.
According to the report, authorities were able to locate the teens and take them into custody southeast of the crash site.
Two of the three teens were identified as 15 years old while the third was 16, all from Columbus. Each of them refused to provide a statement to authorities and “could not remember who was driving.”
A loaded stolen firearm was also located inside of the vehicle.
All three teens were charged with failure to comply, receiving stolen property, and improperly handling a firearm inside a motor vehicle. They were arraigned Feb. 7 in Fairfield County Common Pleas Court.