Juveniles facing charges for fleeing police in two stolen vehicles

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- Three juveniles from Chicago were arrested early Wednesday morning after they fled from police in a stolen vehicle, crashed the vehicle into a house, stole another vehicle, crashed it and were finally apprehended, according to Michigan State Police.

Troopers pulled over a vehicle for a speeding violation just before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, but as the troopers approached the vehicle, it sped off.

Police pursued the vehicle as it exited I-94 onto M139.

The pursuit continued into a residential neighborhood where the vehicle crashed into a house, police said.

Three of the six occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody. The other three fled from the scene.

A perimeter was established and other law enforcement agencies joined in the search.

The suspects allegedly stole a vehicle from the Wyndwicke neighborhood and fled the area.

A patrol vehicle near the perimeter saw the stolen vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle crashed and all three suspects fled the scene.

During a search, all three suspects were taken into custody.

Police said all six, three males and three females, were all under the age of 18 and from the Chicago area.

The first vehicle was reported stolen out of Chicago, police said.

The three juvenile males were taken into custody on preliminary charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, flee and elude, R&O, theft of a motor vehicle and hit/run.

The three females, one juvenile and two 17-year-olds, were identified and released.

Police said no one was injured in the crashes and the house hit by the vehicle was vacant.

The Michigan State Police were assisted by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, St. Joseph Township Police Department, Lincoln Township Police Department and St. Joseph City Police Department.

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