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OSP: Bottle of Hennessy found in van after teen driver flees troopers, crashes into tree

Three juveniles were taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center early Thursday...
Three juveniles were taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center early Thursday after a short pursuit with state troopers and a van crashed into a tree at Salisbury and Linwood in Mt. Lookout, troopers said.(Matt Wood | FOX19 NOW)
Updated: Aug. 1, 2019 at 10:17 AM EDT
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MT. LOOKOUT, Ohio (FOX19) - State troopers said they found a bottle of Hennessy cognac in a van driven by a teenage girl who led them on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash in eastern Cincinnati early Thursday, hospitalizing her and two passengers.

The driver, 17, and her two friends, 16 and 15, were all taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, said Trooper Richard Gable of the patrol’s Batavia post.

The 17-year-old does not have a driver’s license and now faces several charges including OVI, fleeing and eluding and aggravated vehicular assault, Gable said.

A trooper running radar on Beechmont Avenue clocked the van speeding 85 mph and tried to stop it, but the van took off about 2:30 a.m., fleeing until the crash at Salisbury Drive and Linwood Avenue, according to the state patrol.

The teens, all girls, are from Owensville, a village in Clermont County about 30 minutes away from Mt. Lookout, Gable said.

They were in the area “going to picking up a friend they told me,” he said.

None wore seat belts, Gable said.

Asked if he was surprised to find the teens with hard alcohol, he responded, “Somewhat, but not too surprised. They weren’t cooperative at all.”

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