Police: Teen back in custody after escaping Kittitas area juvenile detention facility
KITTITAS, Wash. — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy who allegedly escaped a juvenile detention center near Kittitas on Friday night and led police on a high-speed chase is now back in custody.
“The sheriff’s office is grateful for the support and cooperation of all the local partners who helped bring a safe resolution to what was potentially a very dangerous incident,” Kittitas County sheriff’s deputies said in a news release.
According to deputies, 911 dispatchers received a call just before 8 p.m. from a staff member at the Parke Creek Community Facility.
The staff member told dispatchers a 15-year-old boy had escaped from the facility after he allegedly choked her from behind, demanded her keys and then stole her car.
Deputies reportedly spotted the car driving west toward Ellensburg and away from the group home and when they tried to pull the car over, the driver failed to stop.
“They pursued based on the danger posed to the public by a violent escapee,” deputies said in a news release. “The stolen car sped to 80 mph on county roads, drove into the oncoming lane and drove through a ditch to avoid spike strips deployed to deflate its tires.”
The pursuit ended after about 10 miles, when the car entered into the city of Ellensburg, when deputies determined, “the juvenile’s attempts to elude police would create too great a risk to the public.”
Deputies shared information about the suspect and the stolen vehicle with other local and state law enforcement agencies. Authorities reportedly spotted the stolen car twice more within an hour and engaged in pursuits both times.
At about 9 p.m., several Washington State Patrol troopers were pursuing the car south on State Route 97 west of Ellensburg, when Ellensburg police officers deployed spike strips and
“WSP troopers then utilized a PIT maneuver to stop the car on State Route 10 as it drove on its rims,” deputies said.
The 15-year-old boy was taken into custody and is facing potential charges for escape, assault, motor vehicle theft and eluding.
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