July 26, 2012
What began as a prank to steal a few minor items from a convenience almost turned into complete tragedy in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A group of girls accused of shoplifting snacks from a convenience store led police on a chase that ended when their car crashed into a utility pole, injuring three of them, police said. This are reported in the Washington Post.
The pursuit began after a store manager reported that two girls entered the store around 4 a.m. and stole potato chips and other items before taking off in a.
The responding officer saw a similar vehicle pass by 45 minutes later but could not get them to pull over. This led to the pursuit that ended with the crash.
The 16-year-old driver and two passengers, a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old, were taken to the hospital. The two older girls had injuries that weren’t life-threatening, and the youngest was in critical, but stable, condition. All this for a couple of bags of chips.
The two youngest passengers were cited for curfew violations and released to their parents and police do not believe they were involved in the theft.
What was this girl thinking? The officer who pursued the car reported that the driver attempted to walk away from the crash and was told to stop, or a stun gun would be used. The officer said he fired the stun gun after the driver ignored commands. The driver was not hit by the gun’s barbs, but stopped at that point.
What a sad story. I hope that 16-year-old gets a good Ohio shoplifting class and counseling for whatever caused her to make such stupid decisions.