Boy on the run

rams cop cars,

is hospitalized

Rick Stillion

Special to the News

CAMBRIDGE -- A Kimbolton area teen is facing numerous charges after leading local law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit and ramming three cruisers just prior to being apprehended early last Monday morning.

Authorities declined to release the identity of the 17-year-old boy, as charges have yet to be filed. He was being treated at Southeastern Med as of press time today.

"We expect to charge him with several offenses," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Glennon of the Cambridge post.

No officers were injured during the incident.

According to reports, the events leading up to the juvenile's arrest by troopers started at approximately 12:37 a.m. Monday when a 911 call was received at the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office.

The caller, a 17-year-old girl, advised she was speaking with the teen via telephone when he advised that he had cut his wrists. She gave the boy's address to a dispatcher.

The dispatcher called the residence and spoke with the teen's mother, who advised she found blood in his room and that he had fled driving her GMC Sonoma pickup truck.

Local law enforcement agencies were advised to be on the lookout for the truck to conduct a well being check on the teen.

A short time later, the highway patrol received a report that a truck matching the description of the one driven by the teen was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 70 near mile post 198.

The truck was reportedly traveling east in the westbound lanes.

A subsequent caller advised the truck was now traveling west in the westbound lanes, but a third call advised the truck was back eastbound in the westbound lanes near miles post 184.

While searching the area for the truck, troopers located a bumper that contained a license plate from the vehicle taken by the teen boy.

As other troopers searched the area for the vehicle, Tpr. Kyle Shirer located the truck on Wheeling Avenue in Cambridge and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Dewey Avenue.

The teen fled, traveling on Glenn Highway (U.S. 22/40) west past the highway patrol post to Route 723 and then Interstate 70 eastbound.

The vehicle continued on to northbound I-77, where the teen observed Glennon waiting to deploy spikes to stop the truck.

"When he saw my cruiser, he cut the median and went south on I-77," said Glennon.

Speeds on I-77 reportedly exceeded 90 mph.

The pursuit continued south to the Byesville exit, where the boy exited the interstate and traveled on Route 209 through the village back to Cambridge.

With Cambridge police blocking the eastbound on-ramp to I-70, the teen reportedly traveled the wrong way down an off-ramp from I-70 and jumped the cement divider, traveling east on I-70.

After a short distance, the truck turned back west in the eastbound lanes of I-70 and traveled up a ramp where he struck a patrol cruiser driven by Tpr. Brian Neff.

The truck became wedged between the cruiser and guardrail, but the teen was able to free the vehicle and continued traveling up the ramp.

On the ramp, the teen drover over the center curb and struck a police cruiser driven by Ptl. Tim Ferguson of the Cambridge Police Department.

The truck then struck the front of a cruiser driven by Ptl. Christian Gebhart head-on and attempted to push the cruiser backward, at which time the driver was pulled from the truck and secured.

The teen was transported by United Ambulance to Southeastern Med due to the injuries to his wrists.

Moderate damage was reported to all three cruisers struck during the pursuit. Extensive damage was reported to the GMN Sonoma.