Two 13-year-old girls arrested after leading deputies on chase in stolen vehicle

GOLDSMITH -- Two 13-year-old girls were arrested Thursday after authorities say they evaded deputies in a stolen vehicle.

According to the Ector County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle that had previously been reported stolen was spotted in Goldsmith Thursday evening.

The lieutenant who spotted the vehicle attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver instead drove away.

A chase then began, where the stolen vehicle reached speeds as high as 100 mph while running stop sings and driving into oncoming traffic, according to ECSO.

The chase spanned from Highway 866 to Highway 302 and over the bridge of I-20 before the vehicle failed to stop at the intersection on Murphy. It was there that the driver lost control and drove through a fence and into a field.

When the vehicle came to a stop two girls got out and tried to run before being detained by deputies.

After being identified deputies learned that the two girls had been previously reported as runaways.

The driver of the stolen vehicle was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, a State Jail Felony, and Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle, a 3rd Degree Felony. The passenger of the vehicle was charged with Evading on Foot, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Both girls were then transported to the Ector County Youth Center.

According to ECSO, members of the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted with the incident.