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Teens reported missing face charges after police chase

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Two teens reported missing now face charges after a chase with Leland Police over the weekend.

The Leland Police Department says officers responded Saturday to a tip that the two juveniles were spotted in the Walmart on US 17. Officers saw the teens in a vehicle, which police later discovered was stolen, and tried to stop it. Investigators say the driver refused to stop. After a brief pursuit that lasted less than three miles, police say the car hit another vehicle at the intersection of Blackwell Road and River Road.

At the time of the pursuit, LPD says officers did not know if the juveniles were being held against their will or they were simply runaways.

The two teens were transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The people in the other vehicle were not hurt.

Leland Police say they do not know the status of the juveniles’ injuries, but charges are pending. Investigators say they cannot release the names of the teens because of their age.

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