May 22, 2018
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Canadian teens allegedly steal vehicles, cross border, lead Maine State Police on two chases

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

KINGFIELD, Maine — A pair of Canadian teenagers are fortunate to be alive Tuesday after their involvement in two separate police chases in Franklin County, according to police.

The teens, a 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, both from Ontario, Canada, allegedly started their crime spree over the weekend when they stole a vehicle in Canada, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The suspects’ names are being withheld because they are juveniles.

After the teens stole a vehicle in Ontario, they were pursued by Canadian police, who later found the vehicle abandoned in Sherbrooke, Quebec, McCausland said.

The teens then took a second vehicle in Quebec and crossed the Maine border at Coburn Gore on Monday evening, and U.S. Border Patrol agents pursued the suspects south on Route 27, McCausland said. Speeds reached up to 100 mph.

Later in the pursuit, the fleeing suspects collided with a Border Patrol agent vehicle near Stratton, prompting agents to fire shots at the car, which continued south toward Kingfield. The teens, who were not struck by gunfire, later abandoned the car on Depot Street in Kingfield and stole a pickup truck from nearby Riverside Street.

A short time later, Maine State Police Lt. Aaron Hayden spotted the stolen truck in New Portland and attempted to pull it over, McCausland said, but the teens once again fled.

The fleeing pickup’s tires were eventually blown by spike strips, and the truck was pulled over by multiple state police units in Kingfield, McCausland said. Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and Carrabassett Valley police provided assistance.

After the pickup came to a stop along Route 27, the teens jumped down a steep embankment into the Carrabassett River, where they were taken into custody, McCausland said.

Both suspects were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital for treatment, and the girl has been transferred to Maine Medical Center for possible internal injuries as a result of the leap into the river.

It is not clear at this time what the teens’ intentions were or where they were headed, McCausland said. It is also unclear what charges they will face.

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