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High speed chase

Published September 20. 2013 05:00PM

A Kunkletown 15-year-old boy is facing 11 charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase last evening.

Police said the incident began at about 9:30 p.m. in Mahoning Township.

According to Audie Mertz, officer-in-charge of the Mahoning Police Department, police were conducting a DUI checkpoint on Route 209.

Mertz said a Dodge Ram truck traveling toward Jim Thorpe was observed performing an illegal U-turn within 500 feet of the crest of a grade.

As officers began to follow the vehicle it crossed over the double yellow line into the oncoming lane of traffic. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and it failed to yield.

Mertz said the vehicle fled traveling through Lehighton and Franklin Township onto SR209 North where it accelerated to a high rate of speed, passing several vehicles.

At one point the vehicle swerved toward a police vehicle forcing the officers to take evasive action to avoid being struck, police said.

Troopers from the Lehighton barracks of the state police were able to deploy spike strips deflating the vehicles passenger front tire. As a result the vehicle was brought to a stop near the Country Junction Store in Towamensing Township.

The driver was placed under arrest. At the time of arrest, police said the juvenile was found in possession of a loaded Savage .243 rifle, marijuana, and a pipe used to smoke the marijuana.

The juvenile refused a blood test, and has been charged with the following offenses.

• DUI-(misdemeanor)

• Fleeing or attempting to elude police-(felony)

• Aggravated assault-(felony)

• Recklessly endangering another person-(misdemeanor)

• Possession of firearm by minor-(felony)

• Possession of a small amount of marijuana-(misdemeanor)

• Possession of drug paraphernalia-(misdemeanor)

• Reckless driving-(summary)

• Drivers required to be licensed-(summary)

• Driving on right side of roadway-(summary)

• Stop signs and yield signs.

The juvenile was placed in custody of the Carbon County Juvenile Probation Department.

Lehighton, Franklin, and Palmerton police also assisted.

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