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Runaways lead officers on high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

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DPS Troopers search the contents of a car used to lead law enforcement on a high-speed chase through three counties Sunday. The chase ended in Byers when the car struck a Wichita County patrol vehicle.

DPS Troopers search the contents of a car used to lead law enforcement on a high-speed chase through three counties Sunday. The chase ended in Byers when the car struck a Wichita County patrol vehicle.

A high-speed chase initiated in Archer County Sunday afternoon came to an end in Byers when the vehicle struck a Wichita County deputy’s car.

Two juveniles, a male and a female, were arrested in the incident and face charges of evading arrest with a vehicle in Archer County and assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, to be filed by Wichita County in Clay County. Both are felonies.

The two could also face additional charges in all three counties, said Jeremy Maxwell, Archer County deputy.

The juveniles were reported as runaways. They were driving a 2006 Mini Cooper reported stolen in Grand Prairie.

The chase began at about 4 p.m. Sunday when an Archer County deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over for speeding in Windthorst. The driver of the Mini Cooper fled north  on Hwy. 281 into Wichita County, at which time Wichita County deputies and DPS Troopers joined in the chase. The driver exited Hwy. 281 onto Hwy. 79 in Wichita Falls. Once entering Clay County, north of Wichita Falls, The chase reached speeds of up to 130 miles per hour, said Maxwell.

Law enforcement pursued the vehicle through Dean and Petrolia before attempted to box in the vehicle in Byers. During the attempt to slow the vehicle, the driver of the Mini Cooper swerved, causing the vehicle to strike the side of a Wichita County patrol car. Both vehicles came to a rest in a ditch at the intersection of Hwy. 79 and Washington Street in Byers.

No one was injured in the accident. Maxwell said that to his knowledge both suspects complied with law enforcement once the vehicle was stopped.

The suspects will be formally charged in Archer County, then transported to a juvenile facility in Wichita County.

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