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Teenagers Allegedly Lead High-Speed Chase through Downtown Columbus

DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS (Rob Wells/Kate Liebers) -- A high-speed chase through downtown Columbus ended shortly after a 17-year-old jumped out of a moving stolen vehicle, police said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers said the scene unfolded on Interstate 70 East when officers noticed a Hyundai Sonata was traveling much too slow. When officers ran the Ohio plates, they discovered the car was registered as stolen.

The driver gave chase, traveling 11 miles in 11 minutes through the downtown area, OSHP said. Because the pursuit took place around 4 a.m., the streets were relatively clear.

Sgt. Chip Mosier said officers followed the stolen vehicle from I-70 to OH 315 North before exiting on Goodale Avenue. The driver crashed into a parking meter at North High and Vine streets, then began running toward the Columbus Convention Center, officers said.

A 14-year-old passenger was left in the car. Officers quickly apprehended the suspected driver, according to OSHP.

Officers said no one was hurt and that investigators are looking into how fast patrolmen were traveling through downtown.

"It all goes back to at what point does this become too dangerous to pursue?" Mosier said. "Officers didn't feel that at this point."

OSHP said if traffic had been busier, officers would have been more likely to back off and let local police take over.

The suspected driver and passenger were charged with receiving stolen property and felony fleeing.

 
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