A 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl from the Ottawa Valley are in Maine State Police custody following an overnight high-speed chase that involved three stolen vehicles.
U.S. police fired gunshots during the chase, which began in Ontario over the weekend as Canadian officers chased a stolen vehicle and later found the vehicle abandoned in Sherbrooke, Que.
Maine State Police allege that the teens then stole a car and tried to enter the Unites States in Coburn Gore, Maine.
Shots were fired during the "wild chase" that reached speeds of more than 160 kilometres per hour, police said.
"U.S. Border Patrol agents chased the car south on Route 27," said a Maine State Police news release. "The fleeing car and a border patrol vehicle collided near Stratton, and border patrol agents fired shots at the car, which kept heading south toward Kingfield, Maine."
Spike belts deployed
The teens allegedly abandoned the car along Depot Street in Kingfield and stole a pickup truck from Riverside Street nearby, police said.
The pickup truck was later spotted by police in New Portland, Maine. Spike belts were deployed to stop the truck and two of its tires were popped.
After driving back to Kingfield, a Maine State Police cruiser hit the truck at "low speed" to try to stop it, and the truck finally came to rest along guardrails on Route 27.
"The teens then jumped down a steep embankment into the Carrabassett River, where they were captured," Maine State Police said. "Both were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, for evaluation and the girl has now been transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland with possible internal injuries as a result of jumping down the rocky embankment."
Neither child was hurt by the gunfire.
Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols said he was shocked to learn the suspects were teens.
Maine authorities lay 4 charges against driver
"For the amount of chaos these two created for three hours, to see that they were just kids like this is something I've never encountered in 30 years of law enforcement," said Nichols.
Maine Assistant District Attorney Joshua Robbins said the young man faces four charges: eluding a police officer, passing a road block, aggravated mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The boy will be going to one of the two juvenile correctional facilities and will be appointed an attorney, said Robbins.
Robbins said the district attorney's office has not decided yet if they will charge the 13-year-old girl.
A spokeswoman with the Sûreté du Québec said the Quebec provincial police have an open investigation into a car theft and said the two teens are " major suspects", but no charges have been laid.
Maine State Police, the U.S. Border Patrol, Carrabassett Valley Police, the Franklin Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office are also investigating.
The teens' motive is so far unknown, police said.