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Two teens in custody after evading police in car and on foot

Posted at 1:23 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 15:24:05-04

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah — Two teenage boys are in custody after stealing a car from a youth treatment center and evading police in Cache and Box Elder counties.

Saturday at approximately 1:15 p.m., a vehicle was taken from a youth treatment center in Cache Valley, according to a press release from Utah Highway Patrol. The car attempted to evade a trooper on a motorcycle but the trooper did not pursue and instead relayed information to Box Elder officers.

When the car was spotted traveling southbound on Interstate 15 in Box Elder County, a UHP trooper tried to push them into the guardrail in an attempt to stop them. Instead, the car swerved to the right of the guardrail and drove down a dirt embankment where they crashed. The teens exited the car and fled on foot through “fields and a marshy area” toward Ellwood, according to the press release.

Containment was set up with multiple agencies in the area. According to the press release a K-9 unit was deployed and the 17-year-old driver was taken into custody. The search for the 15-year-old passenger continued for a while longer before he was also taken into custody.