UPDATE: 2 teens arrested after 3-county chase in stolen vehicle

Two teenage girls from Adriel Group Home in West Liberty were arrested this morning after they led law enforcement on a chase that spanned three counties on U.S. Route 68, officers of the West Liberty Police Department report.


Authorities check over a car stolen by two Adriel School students after they were forced to stop early Thursday on U.S. Route 68 near State Route 334. (video capture from WHIO-TV)

After fleeing officers in the village of West Liberty in a stolen vehicle, the teens continued southbound, passing through Urbana. The chase ended in northern Clark County when stop sticks were deployed near State Route 334.

Officers arrested the driver Bonnie Barnes, 14, and passenger, Veronica Love, 15, and transported them to the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center. Bonnie was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, no operator’s license and leaving the scene of an accident, while Veronica was charged with complicity to theft of a motor vehicle.

The two girls had been reported missing by Adriel staff about 1 a.m. today.

In the midst of trying to locate the two juveniles this morning, a West Liberty police officer observed a silver Chevrolet 4-door car being driven on a sidewalk about 2:15 a.m. after it reportedly had struck a building at the intersection of Detroit and Baird streets.

The officer activated the patrol car’s emergency equipment, but the car fled southbound on Detroit Street.

The driver of the stolen vehicle continued to flee southbound on U.S. 68 into Champaign County. Deputies of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office deployed stop sticks just north of Urbana and punctured three of the vehicle’s tires.

Finally, the stop sticks deployed near S.R. 334 disabled the vehicle, which came to rest in the median.

Officers reported that the speeds of the suspect vehicle were between 40 and 60 mph during this incident.

In addition, Bonnie was found to have an outstanding warrant from Champaign County Juvenile Court as the result of a motor vehicle theft earlier in the month. She reportedly had walked away from the group home in West Liberty at that time.

The stolen vehicle reportedly was owned by Mark Meeker of 410 W. Baird St.

This incident remains under investigation, and further charges may be filed. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol also assisted in this incident.