Girl, 14, faces charges for fleeing police from Titusville to Rouseville

From staff reports

A 14-year-old girl is facing charges for leading police on a high-speed chase from Titusville to Rouseville on Friday.

Titusville police said officers tried to initiate a traffic stop on a Ford Expedition in the McDonald’s parking lot at 12:42 a.m. Friday.

When officers began to approach the vehicle, the driver took off and began to lead officers on a chase down Route 8, Black Road and Dutch Hill Road before returning to Route 8, police said.

While fleeing down Franklin Street, the girl made a sudden turn into the parking lot of Save-A-Lot where she traveled to the southeast corner of the lot, drove over the parking blocks and sidewalk and jumped the curb onto South Martin Street before turning east down Water Street, police said.

Police said the pursuit continued until the driver returned to Route 8, where she led officers over the Venango County line and into Rouseville.

Franklin state police were able to deploy a spike strip in Rouseville that deflated the Expedition’s two front tires, police said.

Police learned over the course of the investigation the Expedition had recently been reported stolen.

The driver has been charged with one felony count of fleeing and eluding as well as charges of recklessly endangering another person, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driver required to be licensed and several traffic violations.