3 teens arrested after escape from Middleburg juvenile home Boys are apprehended when stolen car crashes

August 25, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Three teen-age boys who escaped early yesterday from Bowling Brook Preparatory School, a residential juvenile home in Middleburg, were arrested soon after they allegedly stole a car and led local and state police on a six-mile chase through northwest Carroll County, authorities said.

The chase, which reached speeds of more than 70 mph on 30-mph and 40-mph roads, ended when the car, a 1994 Dodge Shadow, crashed in a ditch on Old Taneytown Pike at Route 140 in Taneytown.

Police said the car had been reported stolen about 12: 30 a.m. from a residence on Crouse Mill Road, near the school on Middleburg Road. The unlocked car was parked in the driveway with the keys in the ignition, authorities said.

No one was injured, police said.

The driver was arrested at the crash scene about 1 a.m. One passenger was arrested in a nearby cornfield about five minutes later, and the second passenger was found hiding in a cornfield about 45 minutes later, authorities said. The boys are 16 or 17 years old.

Each of the juveniles, one from Baltimore, one from Baltimore County and one from Delaware, had been committed by the court to Bowling Brook on unrelated charges, according to juvenile authorities.

The boys were reported missing about 12: 30 a.m. Minutes later, a Taneytown police officer saw them riding east in a Dodge Shadow, according to testimony. The officer followed the car, and it sped off when he tried to make a traffic stop.

Responding troopers joined in the pursuit until the Dodge skidded into the ditch.

Master Peter M. Tabatsko of the Carroll County Juvenile Court ordered yesterday that the youths be held at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in Baltimore County until juvenile authorities in each jurisdiction investigate and recommend whether the teens should be returned to Bowling Brook or be placed elsewhere.

Pub Date: 8/25/98

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