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Juvenile charged with pair of felonies after high speed chase through Vanderburgh Co

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A juvenile is charged with two felonies after leading police on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle.

The pursuit began early Sunday morning just before 4:00 a.m. near the area of St. Joe and ending in a residential area near Darmstadt.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says deputies and officers pulled out all the stops to slow down the pursuit and contain two 14-year-olds, and witnesses we spoke to Sunday say they have never seen anything like it.

The Sheriff's Office says Deputy Robert Schmitt was patrolling St. Joseph Avenue Sunday morning, when he identified a 2006 black Dodge Charger, that had been stolen from Bob's Gym near US 41.

"He attempted to stop the vehicle in front of the 4H center," said  At this time, the vehicle accelerated and fled south on Highway 41," said Deputy Brad Taylor.

Deputies say they chased the car to the US 41 - State Road 57 intersection, where they set up stop sticks to deflate the charger's tires.

"The vehicle ran over the stop sticks, the tires went flat, but he continued to drive, and shredded the tires," Taylor said.

Deputies say the driver then darted, still in the vehicle, into a neighborhood on Bujey Drive.

Finally stopping after hitting a dead-end, they say the driver took a right turn, drove through two back-yards, and stopped in Ron Saltzman's back yard.

"I hear all these sirens, and I thought, 'By golly, they got to be close to me,'" Saltzman said.  "They were close alright. They was all in my backyard. But, I thought, 'What a way to wake up."

Deputies say they immediately caught up with a 14-year-old passenger without incident. A K-9 unit tracked the 14-year-old driver to a nearby home, where he was found hiding in a closet.

"You don't expect nothing like that," Saltzman told 14 News. "But there again, I cannot help but tell you that these city police and the county, this area should take their hat off to them, because they're just that good."

The Sheriff's Office says the driver in this chase faces charges of auto theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, and reckless driving. They say the passenger has been returned to his parents, while the driver is being held at the Youth Correctional Center in Evansville.

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