SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Two fifteen-year-olds have been arrested after leading police on a chase through two counties.
According to the Surfside Beach Police, the two teens are facing several charges. The chase began when a South Carolina Highway Patrolman in Pawleys Island spotted a car speeding over 100 mph early Tuesday morning. The chase continued into Surfside Beach where SBPD officers joined in the pursuit.
Police followed the teens into the Deerfield neighborhood, until the suspects jumped out of the car to get away. The car hit a tree, damaging it and sparking a brush fire in the area. The suspects were able to escape as officers responded to the accident and blaze.
Over a two-day investigation, Surfside Beach Police were able to identify and arrest the two teens.
Police have not released the suspects' names or pictures because of their age.
"We should be careful not to discount the seriousness of these offenses simply due to the age of the suspects," said Chief of Police Mike Frederick. "We contend that they not only endangered officers' lives during that pursuit, but the lives of everyone on the roadway. There's also a Surfside Beach family one vehicle short now; the suspect's relative youth doesn't change that."
They are charged with the theft of two vehicles, two mopeds and a golf cart. Both suspects are being held by the SC Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.