Va. teens ordered held in Noyes center

December 29, 1997

Three of five Winchester, Va., teenagers arrested Dec. 23 in a stolen car after a high-speed chase were committed Monday to the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville to await trial.

The other two teens had been released to their parents shortly after they were found hiding under a truck off Walnut Point Road at the end of the chase by Maryland State Police.

The four boys and one girl ranged in age from 13 to 17, police said.

The chase began at U.S. 40 and Interstate 70 shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 23. Reaching speeds in excess of 110 mph, the vehicle passed several vehicles on the berm of the road and at one point turned off its lights to avoid detection, police said.

Several Washington County sheriff's deputies joined in the pursuit, which led out westbound U.S. 40 west of Gateway Avenue where the teenagers ran from the car.


The 1997 Jeep Cherokee had been stolen from McKnight Motors in Chambersburg, Pa., police said. It was learned that police in Leesburg, Va., had pursued the vehicle earlier.

All five teenagers were charged with felony theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The driver, believed to be a 17-year-old boy now detained at Noyes, also was charged with reckless endangerment, misdemeanor theft and numerous traffic violations, police said.

Department of Juvenile Justice officials said Monday that the 17-year-old has an extensive criminal record, both in Winchester and in surrounding counties in Virginia.

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