According to a press release provided by BCPD, Patrolman Jeremy Mace attempted a traffic stop on a silver Pontiac Grand Prix at approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, but the driver of the vehicle did not stop.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle after the driver ran a stop sign near the Jackson/Walnut street intersection.
Officers pursued the vehicle onto United States 40. The vehicle continued into the Staunton area and eventually traveled westbound on State Road 42.
Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department then joined the pursuit.
The pursuit continued into Vigo County, where Vigo County deputies deployed stop sticks, which eventually slowed the vehicle. According to the press release, the driver of the vehicle then drove into a ditch and the two occupants attempted to flee on foot.
CCSD K-9 officer Forest apprehended one of the two suspects, a juvenile, and the driver, 17-year-old Zachariah Jones, was also taken into custody.
Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said the vehicle was finally stopped just east of the Terre Haute International Airport.
Jones was waived into adult court, according to the press release.
The 15-year-old juvenile was detained at a juvenile facility and Jones is being held at the Clay County Justice Center. He was being held on $25,000 cash bond.
The owner of the vehicle was notified of the incident and was not aware the vehicle had been taken.
According to the press release, both the juvenile and Jones were preliminary charged with Auto Theft, Criminal Recklessness and Resisting Law Enforcement.
More charges are expected, according to the press release.
Officials with BCPD said the investigation is ongoing and will be reviewed by Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger.
BCPD officials have been investigating a rash of stolen vehicles lately.
The first vehicle was stolen from an area near 302 N. Forest Ave., on June 17. However, it was recovered in a wooded area near Turner Thursday morning.
A 1989 brown Jeep Cherokee was stolen from an area near 18 W. Maple St., but was located June 19, in the 500 block of South Grant Street. In addition, a 1992 white Ford Aerostar was stolen from an area near 625 W. Knight St., but was found in an area near Jackson and Ridge streets June 20.
According to officials, stereo systems were taken from the Jeep and Cougar, but no other damages were reported to the vehicles.
In every case, keys were left inside the vehicles. The stolen vehicle Tuesday evening was no different.
"We were kind of hoping word would get around," Harrison said.
Harrison added the investigation is ongoing, and is not sure if Tuesday's vehicle theft is connected to the others.
"We think that's a possibility," he said. "But we're still working on that aspect of it."