CLARINDA - Two teens who escaped from Clarinda Academy were apprehended after wrecking a car on Monday.
Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reported the incident began about 1:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, when authorities with Clarinda Academy reported two 16-year-old white males had left the facility on foot, headed westbound.
At 2:35 p.m. a report came in from Doug Higgins that his 2018 red Chevrolet Malibu had been stolen from a driveway at 317 block of West Chestnut in Clarinda.
Around 2:37 p.m. Clarinda police spotted the stolen vehicle in the vicinity of Cardinal Drive and State Street, with the driver and passenger matching the description of the missing students.
A pursuit ensued on Highway 2 westbound, with speeds reported in excess of 130 miles per hour.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Isaiah Mikah Fontana of Clarinda, the passenger was Chris Nathaniel Sullivan, also of Clarinda. Fontana lost control of the vehicle in the area of F Avenue and Highway 2, going off the road, into the ditch and rolled several times. The teens exited the car, fleeing into an adjacent field. They were captured after a short pursuit by officers and deputies with the Shenandoah Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Department and Clarinda Police Department.
The teens suffered minor injuries and were transported to Clarinda Regional Health Center by Clarinda Emergency Medical Services.
Both Fontana and Sullivan face charges of felony — motor vehicle theft; Fontana is also charged with felony eluding a law enforcement vehicle, reckless driving, failure to obey a stop sign, speeding 130 mph in a 55 mph zone and operating without a driver’s license. The students were returned to Clarinda Academy, where they are court ordered to reside from the State of Tennessee.
The Malibu is considered a total loss, with an estimated value of $22,000. Page County Attorney Carl Sonksen and Juvenile Court Services will be reviewing reports for filing of formal charges.