Teens from August I-75 pursuit may be tried as adults

Police and state troopers recovered a large amount of alcohol and cigarettes after a multi-county pursuit on I-75 that ended in Dayton. (Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff)
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Police and state troopers recovered a large amount of alcohol and cigarettes after a multi-county pursuit on I-75 that ended in Dayton. (Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff)

Alcohol, cigarettes recovered from stolen vehicle

Three impaired juveniles who led on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen car along Interstate 75 through Butler, Warren and Montgomery counties could be tried as adults.

  • Motion filed Sept. 16 to transfer cases to adult court
  • Speeds reached 120 mph in car stolen in Harrison Twp.
  • One teen hit with Taser after running onto highway
  • Alcohol, cigarettes recovered from liquor store break-in

UPDATE @ 10:37 a.m. (Sept. 16):

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion to transfer the three juveniles arrested following an Aug. 23 multi-county pursuit to adult court.

The three boys — aged 16, 16 and 14 — face a range of charges, including breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and underage drinking, prosecutors said. All three have previously been convicted in juvenile court and they have been detained since their arrests.

“These juveniles were out in the middle on the night, riding around in a stolen car, drinking and partying. They fled from police, endangering the lives of not only other motorists but also the officers involved in the pursuit. We are asking the court to transfer the juveniles to be tried as adults due to the serious and dangerous nature of their crimes,” Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said.

The pursuit vehicle was stolen from a home in Harrison Twp. Inside the car, officers found a large amount of alcohol and many cartons of cigarettes that prosecutors said were taken during an Aug. 15 break-in at the Liquor & Wine Warehouse on York Commons Boulevard in Butler Twp.

UPDATE @ 2:45 a.m. (Aug. 23):

One teenager was hit with a Taser after the multi-jurisdictional pursuit where a large amount of alcohol and cigarettes were recovered from the stolen vehicle.

Sgt. Dexter Howard with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said a call was received at 12:29 a.m. for a possible drunk driver traveling at a high rate of speed on Ohio 63 near Interstate 75 in Monore.

Howard said a Monroe officer and a state trooper got behind the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop.

The vehicle took off and entered onto northbound I-75, where the state trooper initiated a pursuit.

Howard said the vehicle was traveling all over the interstate with speeds reaching 120 mph.

Dayton police joined the pursuit when it continued on northbound I-75 into the city limits, according to Dayton police Lt. Andrew Gillig.

Gillig said the vehicle exited the highway at the West Third Street exit, rolled up on a curb, and crashed around 12:50 a.m.

Two passengers inside the vehicle were taken into custody without incident when the vehicle came to rest. The driver of the vehicle fled from the crashed vehicle on foot, and ran back onto the highway.

Gillig said Dayton police shut down all lanes of southbound I-75 at North Main Street while police searched for the suspect who fled. The highway was closed for about five minutes until police located the suspect and took him into custody around 12:55 a.m.

Gillig said the suspect was hit with a Taser before he was taken into custody.

Investigators said the vehicle was stolen from Harrison Twp.

Howard said police and state troopers recovered a large amount of alcohol and cigarettes from the vehicle, but it was unknown where the alcohol and cigarettes came from.

All three suspects, one 14-years-old, and two 16-year-olds were impaired when they were taken into custody.

Investigators did not indicate what charges the juveniles might face or what jurisdiction they would face those charges.

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