Teens allegedly bail out of stolen, moving car

Published 2:52pm Monday, October 15, 2012

Five youngsters allegedly bailed out of a moving car that they stole Sunday morning after an Austin police officer started following them.

According to the police report, the officer tried to make a traffic stop at 2:48 a.m., as a car was weaving erratically within its lane near Ninth Place SW and Fourth Street. The car reportedly “turned wildly” onto 10th Street SW, traveled for several blocks, and five teens jumped out of the vehicle while it was still moving forward. The car stopped when it rolled into a tree, and according to an officer, one girl’s foot was run over by one of the tires before she fled.

Officers reportedly chased the suspects and caught four out of the five. The fifth suspect, a 15-year-old girl, reportedly turned herself in at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. That suspect admitted the tire ran over her leg, according to the report; however, she declined medical attention and was walking OK. Suspects involved included two boys, ages 12 and 14; and three girls, one age 14 and two age 15.

A northwest Austin resident later discovered that morning that his car was stolen, which was the car in this case. The report has been forwarded to the Mower County Attorney’s office for formal charges. The suspects were turned over to their parents.

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