Teens accused of leading police on chase

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say three teens led them on a chase today. Investigators tell WKYT they approached a car that had been reported stolen, that's when the driver behind the wheel took off.

The chain of events began on Lakeshore Drive and ended on Mt. Tabor Road. In the end, three teens, ages 12 to 16 were arrested.

Police say this started early on Sunday afternoon after someone reported two suspicious people going door to door in the Lakeshore Drive area.

When police got to the scene, they say a witness pointed out a silver Buick they say the two suspects were in. Police said it had been reported stolen yesterday.

When police approached, they say the car took off. Police say the car tore through yards and knocked down signposts before the two bailed out.

Police say they arrested one who was trying to crawl under a bridge. That person, they say, was 12 years old.

After they stopped that car, police say they found two other teens had stolen another car, a silver Mercedes, from a house in the area. A couple of hours later, they say they spotted it on Eureka Springs, chasing it to a dead end where two people bailed out.

"I knew the police were right after him because they were right on his butt," says James Walker, a witness.

Police say they set up a perimeter and, after a short foot chase, caught the two teens on Mt. Tabor Road.

In all, police say the children range in age from 12 to 16. Two of the them are charged with burglary and receiving stolen property, one is charged with only receiving stolen property.

The car's owner showed up at the arrest scene.

"I don't know what's wrong with kids today. I mean, it's just utterly ridiculous what these kids can get into," said Fred Roser, the owner of the car.

Roser says he doesn't have any answers to stopping the crime, but he's glad to have that car back, looking not too bad considering all it went through.

"You know someone's got to put a stop to this. I don't know what the answer is," Roser says. "This is the first time I've ever been victimized and I don't like it. I can tell you, I don't like it."

Police say there was a fourth person involved, but they don't have a good description.

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