Chase led by 13-year-old reached 80 mph, police say

Chase led by 13-year-old reached 80 mph, police say

CAMPBELL COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The 13-year-old accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through northern Kentucky is facing several charges.

The Tuesday afternoon chase ended with the teen crashing into a police cruiser at Northern Kentucky University.

Officer Amanda Bray, 24, was struck while trying to prevent other drivers from coming into the path of the pursuit.

Police say the teen stole a Honda Fit from Woodwinds Apartments in Cincinnati earlier in the day. Newport police reportedly spotted the teen in the stolen car in the afternoon as he was driving on Interstate 471.

The officer tried pulling the teen over but backed off when he reached dangerous speeds.

Cold Spring and Highland Heights police later took over the chase.

David Eschenbach was at a gas station nearby when he saw the cars flash by on in the southbound lanes of U.S. 27.

"I'm facing NKU and we saw this car go flying through the intersection and all the police cars are going right after it on 27," he said. "I looked at everybody and I was like, 'Was that really a high-speed police chase?'"

Smoke filled the air as the chase came to a screeching halt on Nunn Drive at NKU. Police say the speeds reached up to 80 mph and only lasted about 3 minutes.

Bray was transported to St. Elizabeth's where she was treated and released.

Eschenbach says he couldn't believe what he was seeing as he watched the teen lose control of the car.

"I was just amazed," he said. "He tried to turn and the wheels just didn't and it hit that curb and launched up a little bit and hit the officer's vehicle. I thought that could have been me if she wasn't there."

The impact of the crash caused the cruiser's airbags to deploy. The Campbell County officer was hurt. The officer and the 13-year-old were transported to St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known.

According to police reports, the 13-year-old and the owner of the stolen car know each other.

The collision report is being handled by the NKU Police Department and the juvenile's arrest is being handled by the Cold Spring Police Department.

Police say the teen is now facing several charges including fleeing police and receiving stolen property, but more charges could come.

Bray has been with the CCPD since 2015.

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