ELMORE, Minn. -- Two teens are accused of escaping a juvenile treatment center in southern Minnesota Saturday evening and leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.
The Faribault County Sheriff's Office says two 17-year-old males escaped from the Elmore Academy after climbing on the roof and scaling down the side of the building.
Authorities searched for several hours before getting a report of a stolen vehicle around 10:15 p.m. An officer came across the vehicle with the teens in the city of Blue Earth and tried to stop it. Instead, authorities say the vehicle sped away, leading police on a chase at speeds up to 90 mph.
Police were able to corner the vehicle in a McDonald's parking lot but the teens allegedly rammed three squad cars and fled up Highway 169.
Authorities used stop sticks to blow out the front tires of the vehicle in the city of Amboy and the car eventually went into the ditch just south of Vernon City, where the teens fled into a heavily wooded area near the river.
The 17-year-old passenger was found around 4:30 a.m. Sunday walking along Highway 169. He was taken into custody and is being held in the Faribault County Jail pending charges.
As of Sunday evening, the 17-year-old driver remained at large.
A spokesperson for Elmore Academy tells KARE 11 that they feel the staff and local law enforcement did an excellent job of responding and that Elmore Academy is taking steps to prevent this from happening again.
According to its website, Elmore Academy is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections to provide residential treatment to male and female youth. Youth can be ordered to Elmore Academy through a delinquency court order, CHIPS petition, voluntary placement, or in special circumstances parents can set up a private pay placement overseen by a Human Services worker from their county.
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