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Two teens charged in escape and chase

October 27, 2009

Two teenagers who escaped a Maryland juvenile detention facility Monday have been charged in the incident and an ensuing chase, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said Tuesday.

The two offenders -- a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy -- are charged with first- and second-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft and malicious destruction of property. The 15-year-old also is charged with multiple traffic offenses. 

The boys fled the Meadow Mountain Youth Camp, a 40-bed facility in Grantsville, Md., around 10 a.m. Monday, according to police, who allege the boys escaped in a 2008 Pontiac Torrent stolen from an employee of the complex.

The boys were caught less than an hour later, breaking into a residence in Big Pool, police said. The 16-year-old boy was confronted by a Washington County Sheriff's deputy inside the residence, police said.

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When the boy refused to cooperate, the deputy discharged a Taser to subdue him, police said. The boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment after he complained of neck pain, police said.

The other boy was taken to the state police barracks in Hagerstown.

Both boys were returned to the custody of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Shipley said.

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