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Drugs, gun, stolen car off the streets after high speed chases; one involving juveniles

PRICHARD, AL (WALA) -

Drugs, a gun and a stolen car are all off the streets after two high speed chases Thursday night. Both of them started in Prichard and ended in Mobile.

FOX10 News tracked down both of the pursuits and followed up the next day to get more information.

No arrests have been made so far, but one of the drivers is being questioned. Prichard Police say that driver was a 17-year-old girl who claims she was forced to be the getaway driver after a robbery. Even more shocking, we're told a 10-year-old boy was in the passenger seat.

"Thank God that the traffic volume was down, so there were less innocent bystanders,” said Prichard Police Captain and stand-in chief, Walter Knight.

Captain Knight said the first chase started at the Anton Square Apartments around 8:30 p.m. He said an officer pulled up to a robbery in progress.

"When the police arrived on scene, that kind of spoiled their plans and that's when they took off."

We're told the chase lasted around 3 minutes and ended in Mobile when the driver hit a light pole.

The pursuit ended on the I-65 Service Road near Moffett Road. 24-hours-later and there are still visible signs of the wreck, with broken car parts left behind.

We're told two men jumped out, ran across the interstate, and jumped in another car. Left behind in the mangled vehicle were a 17-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy.

Officers say the girl claims she was an acquaintance of the men, but was forced be the driver after the robbery.

After searching the vehicle, officers found a handgun and large packages of marijuana.

The second chase happened about an hour later after an officer tried to pull over another car on Main Street for a traffic violation.

After running the tags, the officer realized the car was reported stolen from Mobile earlier in the day.

We're told the driver refused to pull over, leading officers to a neighborhood on Summerville Street. That's when two men, maybe more, bailed out and ran in different directions.

"At the time, the officer was by himself, and so he did the right thing and stayed with the vehicle,” said Knight.

Inside the vehicle, were large amounts of synthetic marijuana, and a few smaller amounts of other drugs.

No arrests have been made for either pursuit at this time, but Captain Knight still considers both a success.

“I’m proud of the officers. Anytime we can get guns and drugs off the street, it's a win for our department."

Prichard police are asking anyone with information on these crimes to please come forward. You can do so anonymously.

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