Montgomery County Prosecutor asks for teens to be tried as adults

FILE - This image form Aug, 23 shows police on the scene where three juveniles were arrested after a high-speed chase. (WDTN Photo/Bear Everett)
FILE - This image form Aug, 23 shows police on the scene where three juveniles were arrested after a high-speed chase. (WDTN Photo/Bear Everett)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday they are asking the court to transfer three juveniles to be tried as adults.

The case involves the multi-county chase of a stolen car on August 23.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, early on August 23, 2016, the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a report of a possible drunken driver on State Route 63 in Warren County. When the trooper tried to pull the car over the car sped north on Interstate 75 at speeds reaching 120 mph.

Eventually, the pursuit entered the City of Dayton where the vehicle left the highway at the West Second Street exit and crashed. A 14-year-old was inside the vehicle and was arrested without incident. Two other juveniles ran from the car back towards I-75, forcing police to shut down the southbound lanes while they searched for them. Both were taken into custody a short time later.

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Prosecutors say the car the suspects were in had been reported stolen from a home in Harrison Township. Inside the car, officers found a large amount of alcohol, as well as several cartons of cigarettes, believed to have been taken during a break-in of the Liquor & Wine Warehouse on York Commons Boulevard in Butler Township on August 15.

A 16-year-old teen is charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Failure to Comply With the Order of Signal of a Police Officer, Breaking and Entering, Underage Drinking and Obstructing Official Business. He has previously been adjudicated in Juvenile Court of receiving stolen property, and robbery, according to Prosecutors.

A second 16-year-old is charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Breaking and Entering, Underage Drinking and Obstructing Official Business. He has previously been adjudicated in juvenile court of attempted burglary, domestic violence, receiving stolen property, criminal damaging and intimidation of a crime victim.

The 14-year-old is charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Breaking and Entering and Obstruction of Official Business. He has previously been adjudicated in juvenile court of theft and twice for burglary.

All three co‐defendants have been in custody since their arrest. Prosecutor Heck continued, “These juveniles were out in the middle on the night, riding around in a stolen car, drinking and partying. They fled from police, endangering the lives of not only other motorists but also the officers involved in the pursuit. We are asking the court to transfer the juveniles to be tried as adults due to the serious and dangerous nature of their crimes.”

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