TITUSVILLE — A 14-year-old girl led police on a high-speed chase early Friday from the city to Venango County, where the pursuit continued for several miles even after the front tires of the girl’s SUV had been deflated by spike strips, according to Titusville police.

The girl, whose name was not released by police due to her age, was charged with a felony count of fleeing and eluding, misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, unauthorized use, drivers required to be licensed and multiple traffic violations, according to a press release from Chief Dustin LeGoullon.

Titusville police fist stopped the Ford Expedition the girl was driving at 12:42 a.m. in the McDonald’s parking lot, 420 S. Franklin St. According to LeGoullon, the vehicle later was discovered to have been recently reported stolen.

As police approached the vehicle, the girl abruptly took off south, heading out of the city for about two miles before circling back as police, their lights and sirens activated, pursued her, according to LeGoullon. 

Once back in the city and heading north on South Franklin Street, police say the girl turned suddenly, cutting through the parking lot of the Save A Lot grocery store. Arriving at the southeast corner of the lot, she “ramped the parking blocks, traveled over the sidewalk and jumped the curb” onto South Martin Street before speeding her way past Titusville Middle School and eventually winding her way back to South Franklin Street and heading south out of the city, according to LeGoullon.

The pursuit continued several miles into Venango County, where Pennsylvania State Police deployed spike strips north of Rouseville, LeGoullon reported. The devices punctured both front tires on the SUV, but “the pursuit continued for a few more miles into Rouseville until the Ford Expedition traveled off of the roadway and became disabled,” according to the statement from LeGoullon.

Mike Crowley can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mcrowley@meadvilletribune.com.

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