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Teen arrested for high-speed pursuit

A 14-year-old West Liberty boy was arrested on multiple charges after he took his grandmother's minivan and led law enforcement on a 100 mph pursuit early Saturday morning.

The Marysville Post of the State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country for speeding on South Main Street near Malone Avenue in Bellefontaine around 12:45 a.m.

The teen fled southbound on South Main.

A nearby trooper quickly deployed stop sticks on Route 68 just south of Steve Austin's Auto Group, which flattened the van's front tires.

The boy continued south through West Liberty and into Champaign County. The pursuit finally ended when the teen crashed into the front lawn of Grimes Field in Urbana.

The unnamed teen attempted to turn and head northbound. The van then struck a West Liberty police cruiser. The boy fled on foot and was quickly taken into custody.

He was charged with failure to comply, reckless operation, criminal damaging, no operator's license, and assault. The boy was lodged in the Logan County JDC. Additional charges are pending.

A 14-year-old Bellefontaine boy riding in the van was not charged. He was released to his parents.

The State Patrol is not releasing the boys' names until they are arraigned in family court.

The van is owned by Phyllis Swingley of 4716 County Road 32, West Liberty.

The pursuit lasted about 15 minutes.

No one was injured.

Troopers were assisted by the Bellefontaine Police Department, Logan County Sheriff's Office, West Liberty Police Department, and Champaign County Sheriff's Office.

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