Two Janesville teens arrested on multiple charges after vehicle pursuit

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Shelly Birkelo
Monday, February 8, 2016

JANESVILLE—A short vehicle pursuit Sunday night ended with two Janesville teens are in custody at the Rock County Juvenile Detention Center on multiple charges, according to Janesville police.

Police were dispatched shortly after 11 p.m. to the area of Kellogg and Center avenues to find a 16-year-old female runway who reportedly had stolen a vehicle, according to a Janesville police news release.

A short time later, officers spotted the stolen vehicle traveling north on Center Avenue near Joliet Street without headlights. When they tried to stop the car, the driver sped away. The pursuit ended just over a half-mile later when the vehicle crashed into a fence at the dead end of LaSalle Court, according to police.

The 16-year-old runaway driver and her 14-year-old male passenger were not hurt, police said.

The girl was referred to juvenile authorities on charges of operating a vehicle without owner consent, fleeing an officer, curfew violation, being a runaway and three counts of theft, according to the release.

The boy was referred to juvenile authorities on charges of being a passenger in a vehicle being operated without owner consent, underage drinking, curfew violation and three counts of theft, according to the release.

During the incident, police learned the teens were reportedly involved in earlier thefts from motor vehicles on the southwest side of the city. During a search of the vehicle, police found property that had been stolen from other vehicles. Some of the property was returned to its owners while other property is still be identified by police, according to the release.

Anyone with information the incident or people who might have been victims of recent theft can call police at 608-755-3100.

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