A 15-year-old’s plan to run away from a juvenile detention center fizzled Thursday after the car he allegedly stole ran out of gas on Interstate 69, the Indiana State Police said.
About 10:45 a.m., a trooper was sent to check on a disabled vehicle on southbound I-69 in Huntington County. The trooper found the car, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, and three miles down the road he came across the 15-year-old.
The teen from Cadillac, Mich., told the trooper he had run out of gas and was looking for help. He was taken into custody after the trooper found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and prescription painkillers in the car, police said.
State police learned that the teen had recently escaped from a detention center in Oxford, Mich. From there, he went to Lansing where he broke into a house and took a computer, router, cellphone and handgun.
He then stole the car from a dealership in Dimondale, Mich., southwest of Lansing, police said.
The trooper took the teen to the Huntington County Jail. While the teen was in an office area of the jail waiting for a ride to a juvenile detention center, he fled out a side door and jumped into a river. As officers chased him, employees of a nearby restaurant noticed the commotion and captured him, police said.
The teen, who was not named, was set to have a court hearing this morning.