Around 3 o’clock in the morning, Akron police were involved in a short chase on South Arlington Road that ended with an SUV crashing into a church.
According to police, they saw a stolen Chevrolet Trailblazer speeding northward along South Arlington Road. When officers attempted to apprehend the SUV over, it took off at a speed of around 80 miles per hour, police said.
But upon reaching the vicinity of Stroman Avenue and South Arlington Road, the driver lost control. The operator drove up the front steps of Hills Temple First Born Church, and the vehicle was launched into the building.
The SUV crashed into side of the church, causing a large section of the brick wall to be torn off of the church. Two teenagers, ages 14 and 15, were spotted escaping from the wreckage and the police discovered that a14-year-old boy drove stolen vehicle.
The 15-year-old passenger was easily apprehended and they searched for the 14-year old driver. He was arrested after the police found him hiding under a tarp inside a garage on Joy Avenue.
The teenagers were brought to Akron Children’s Hospital with injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening, police said.
Police said that the teens will be facing the following charges: receiving stolen property, obstructing official business and failure to comply with police orders.
One property destroyed by the crash was a fence which was newly installed and painted a few weeks ago, at Swan Hardware which is next door to the church.
The Trailblazer was taken in an armed robbery around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday at Princeton and West South Street. The robbery remains under investigation. The teens are considered suspects in that robbery. The 15-year-old suspect had been reported as a missing person by a guardian on November 15, police said.
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