Juveniles charged following car chase

Two 14-year-old boys face multiple charges after being pursued through the counties of Warren, Frederick and Clarke by county, town and state police Saturday morning.

A 14-year-old boy from Philippi, West Virginia, was driving a 2011 Ford Escape with a 14-year-old passenger from Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Front Royal Master Police Officer Steve Mauck identified a 2011 Ford Escape traveling on Commerce Avenue in town Saturday as a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Chesapeake.

Sgt. Crystal Cline, of the Front Royal Police Department, said the vehicle was traveling the speed limit on John Marshal Highway when police were dispatched about the stolen vehicle.

“(Mauck) happened to be in position and observed the vehicle on John Marshal turning north on Commerce (Avenue), and was able to get behind the vehicle,” Cline said.

Cline said that Mauck activated his emergency equipment once he identified the vehicle as stolen. “The suspect’s vehicle did not pull over and sped up.”

The driver then entered Interstate 66 at mile marker 13 near Linden. Mauck and Officer Travis Cave followed the vehicle to mile marker 4, where it turned around at a crossover median.

State Police Trooper R.M. Weiss took the lead of the pursuit as the driver took Exit 6 off of Interstate 66 and began traveling north on U.S. Route 522.

Cline said that Mauck and Cave remained involved in the pursuit and followed state police.

Corinne Geller, state police public relations director, said the driver’s speeds varied between 70 and 100 miles per hour while traveling down both I-66 and Route 522.

“When (Weiss) got involved, he said the suspect was doing in excess of 90 miles per hour … on Interstate 66,” Geller said.

Weiss attempted to block the Escape near the intersection of Tasker Road and Route 522. However, the suspect ran into Weiss’s car and proceeded along 522.

Geller said that Weiss’ car sustained only minor damage, and that no one was injured as a result of the collision.

The suspect was stopped with assistance of spike strips that were deployed by Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies near the intersection of Routes 522 and 776.

Geller said that both the driver and the passenger were in custody at 11 a.m.

Weiss charged the driver with a felony hit-and-run, felony assault on a law enforcement officer and felony eluding a police officer on Monday. He also charged the driver with failing to have a valid operator’s license, reckless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

Mauck charged the driver with two counts of failure to obey a traffic signal, reckless driving by speed, felony eluding and felony possession of stolen property. The passenger has been charged with felony possession of stolen property.

A juvenile detention hearing has been schedule for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for the charges filed by Mauck.

The incident is still under investigation by state police.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com