Police say 2 runaways in stolen vehicle crashing in MH Tuesday


Two female juvenile runaways from Louisiana were reportedly in a stolen vehicle being pursued by Mountain Home Police Tuesday crashing on Baxter County Road 69.

The owner of the stolen vehicle was identified as Judy Silk of Marion, Louisiana, the grandmother of the 16-year-old driver.

Mountain Home Police Chief Carry Manuel says law enforcement had been advised the juveniles could be in the Mountain Home area. Chief Manuel says the juveniles reportedly knew someone in Mountain Home, although the connection or relationship is unknown.

When a MHPD officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed down Arkansas State Highway 5.

When the driver attempted to negotiate a curve on County Road 69 near the old county quarry, the vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a second vehicle driven by 55-year-old Michael Roach of Calico Rock.

Roach's vehicle overturned in the ditch in the collision.

Both juveniles and a passenger in the Roach vehicle, Jamie Clevenger of Calico Rock, were all transported by ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center for treatment of what were termed incapacitating injuries.

The juvenile driver was cited for careless, prohibited driving too fast for conditions.

The accident occurred at 2:40 p.m.

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