LORDSTOWN, Ohio — A 17-year-old girl was arrested Thursday morning in Lordstown for allegedly leading police on a chase reaching more than 100 mph all while having her two children in the car.
According to Lordstown Police Department Chief Brent Milhoan, the incident started just after 8 p.m. in a school zone where he was conducting radar patrol.
The girl was clocked at 37 mph in a 20 mph zone. She initially pulled over at a gas station near Salt Springs Road and State Route 45, but when the chief approached her car she drove off, he said.
Police gave chase and speed reached more than 100 mph. Authorities said they had to terminate the chase for public safety reasons, Milhoan said.
The chief said the girl later was found after she crashed making a left-hand turn from Tod Avenue onto 6th Street and hit a guardrail.
Inside the car, Milhoun said police found the teen, her 9-month-old child and her 2-year-old. Additionally, a passenger was identified as a 14-year-old boy reported missing from Columbus.
An investigation into the incident revealed that the car the girl was driving had been reported stolen out of Cleveland. She told officers that she bought the car for $50 from a man who wanted to buy drugs, Milhoun said.
The girl is facing charges for speeding, driving without a license, not wearing a seat belt, not having a booster seat, receiving stolen property, failure to comply and child endangering, Milhoun said.
The girl told police she fled because she didn’t have a driver’s license, Milhoun said.