Canadian teens involved in overnight high speed chases

10:24 AM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State police say two runaway teens from Canada were involved in two separate police chases overnight that ended in a crash in Kingfield.

The 16-year-old boy is from Eganville, Ontario and 13-year-old girl is from Pembroke, Ontario. Both towns are west of Ottawa.

Investigators say they were in a stolen car. 

The two led police on a chase down Route 27 from the Coburn Gore border crossing -- reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. They collided with two Border Patrol vehicles and took off again, while agents fired shots at the fleeing car.

The car was later found abandoned in Kingfield, where the teens stole a pickup truck. They were later spotted in New Portland and were finally caught when police rolled out a spike mat.

The teens jumped out of the truck and into the Carrabassett River. They were arrested -- though their names have not been released.

The teens were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. State Police say the girl was transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland with possible internal injuries from jumping down the rocky embankment into the river.

Police say the teens' crime spree began during the weekend when they allegedly stole a vehicle and abandoned it in Sherbrooke, Quebec. There they stole another car which they used to get into the U.S.

Besides officers from Maine State Police and Border Patrol, deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Carrabassett Valley Police Department assisted. The Maine Attorney General's Office also sent investigators because of the law enforcement-involved shooting.

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