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Police: Indy teens reported as runaways were in stolen car


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Two teens were injured after rolling their vehicle down an embankment Monday morning while fleeing from the state police.

Shortly before 6:30 a.m. Monday, Indiana State Police Trooper John Myers noticed a southbound car that was speeding up, slowing down and swerving onto the emergency strip, near the 66-mile marker of Interstate 65, police said.

Myers turned on his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the car for erratic driving, but the car sped away.

The car exited I-65 at the 64-mile marker and attempted to turn west onto State Road 58.

The car was unable to make the turn because of its speed, and it slid across State Road 58 and rolled down an embankment onto its top, according to police reports.

The driver, a 13-year-old girl, who was reported as a runaway from Indianapolis, was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The passenger, a 17-year old male, also reported as a runaway from Indianapolis, was flown by medical helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The extent of his injuries are unknown.

The teenagers’ names were not released because they are minors. Health privacy laws prevent hospitals from releasing patient information without providing their names.

The investigation is ongoing, but police believe the car the two teenagers were driving, a 1998 Honda Accord, was stolen from the Indianapolis area early Monday, according to the state police. No information on charges against the teens was available Monday afternoon.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and EMS/Rescue.

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