Early Thursday morning at approximately 12:40 a.m., a LPD Officer observed a vehicle driving recklessly heading north towards Kountze on Highway 69 near West Chance Cut-off in Lumberton. The suspects later were identified as two white juvenile females, one 15-years-old and the other 14-years-old, both from Beaumont.
The officers who were heading south bound turned around and saw the Blue 2005 Dodge Magnum run off into the ditch. LPD Chief Danny Sullins told the Ledger, “They turned on their sirens and started the pursuit. The vehicle went to make a right turn on 327 when it appeared to be going too fast and hit a tree in the median.” At that time, both occupants abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. The LPD officer in pursuit also lost control of his vehicle, sideswiped a tree, and sustained damage to the driver’s side and undercarriage. Thankfully, he was not seriously injured. The search continued on for several hours and ended at around 3 o’clock this morning. When found, one of the teenagers was first transported to the hospital before both teenagers were transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Kountze. Both teenage girls’ parents were notified. For more information, read the upcoming issue of this next week’s Lumberton Ledger.