Early Tuesday morning, area law enforcement officers were notified that two missing Ohio teenage juveniles were suspected to be on their way to Carbon in a stolen pickup truck. They were caught by the Clay County Sheriff's Department just north of the Clay/Parke county line shortly before 11 a.m.
Shortly after 10 a.m., Deputy Brison Swearingen contacted a family member of one of the juveniles living in the Carbon area. He was told the teenagers, a male and a female, were due to arrive at the rural home shortly.
Swearingen parked his patrol car at the intersection of the Clay/Parke county line and S.R. 59 to intercept the juveniles.
Around 10:40 a.m., the truck came into view.
Swearingen identified the vehicle and attempted to pull the driver over, but the driver of the pickup refused to stop. Once in Parke County, the driver turned west, leading the deputy on a winding pursuit on the gravel roads.
The 911 dispatchers automatically called Deputy Josh Clarke, Reserve Deputy Benny Boes, Chief Deputy Doug Barr and a member of the Brazil City Police Department for backup once the pursuit began.
By 10:45 a.m., the teenagers stopped the pickup truck at an intersection, bailed out of the vehicle and ran away. Swearingen ran after them, chasing the juveniles through a heavily wooded area and a creek before catching both juveniles after a half mile pursuit. He was leading the juveniles out of the woods when officers dispatched for backup arrived on the scene.
The two juveniles were taken into custody and brought to the Clay County Justice Center before being transported to the Vincennes Youth Detention Center until arrangements can be made to return them to authorities in Ohio.