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Teens in custody after car thefts

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

CARUTHERSVILLE - Two juveniles are in custody after stealing a series of vehicles and leading law enforcement officials on a chase across Pemiscot County.

Early Monday the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Dispatch was alerted two male juveniles, age 12 and 14, from the Clarkton area had skipped school and taken a vehicle belonging to the 12-year-old's mother. A relative notified mother the boys were driving the vehicle in the Cottonwood Point area and had run out of gas. The woman then notified the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department.

At about 1 p.m. the sheriff's department received a report that a vehicle belonging to Willie Prather of Caruthersville was stolen during the noon hour from the Continental Grainery, located on County Road 553 in the Cottonwood Point area. Prather told authorities two young males had been in the area and reportedly had called the grainery from a relative's house about getting some gas for their vehicle.

At about 1:30 p.m. deputies noticed a pickup near the intersection of County Road 524 and Route Y, south of Caruthersville occupied by two young males. As the driver passed the deputies, the vehicle, which had Tennessee license plates, sped away. A check of the license plate confirmed the truck had been reported stolen just minutes before.

Pemiscot County deputies attempted a rolling road block on Route U between Stubtown and Interstate 55, however authorities stated the stolen truck was being driven so recklessly they backed off the chase. Pemiscot County deputies along with officers from Caruthersville and Steele police departments continued to follow the suspects from Caruthersville across Pemiscot County.

On County Road 286 just west of Bragg City, the 12-year-old driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, which skidded then rolled over as it left the roadway. The driver was ejected from the vehicle. Neither the driver nor the 14-year-old passenger were wearing a seatbelt, according to the sheriff's report.

The juveniles were transported by ambulance to the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett. According to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department both were being held for observation, however no broken bones were reported.

Prather's vehicle was located on Great River Road, approximately 12 miles south of the Interstate 155 Great River Road exit in Tennessee, The vehicle was out of gas and with an apparent blown motor, authorities stated.

This was about three-quarters of a mile from where the vehicle belonging to Stan and Doris Forsythe was reported taken.

Dyer County, Tenn., deputies are handling the charges from Tennessee on the two juvenile suspects. According to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department charges are pending in Missouri on the release of the juveniles from the hospital.