MCKEESPORT (KDKA) – Five teenagers are in trouble with police after running away from a rehab center Wednesday afternoon and leading officers on a wild chase that ended in with a river rescue.
It remains unclear how the teens got away from the facility in Aliquippa. They eventually made their way to the riverfront in the McKeesport area.
The teens were walking down the trail along the Youghigheny River when police spotted them and gave chase.
One of the teenagers told KDKA that he wanted to get out of rehab.
KDKA’s Paul Martino: “What were you doing down by the river?”
Suspect: “Getting away from rehab.”
For police from Dravosburg, Duquesne and McKeesport, it was a difficult chase.
“The kids were walking on the trail leading from Munhall to Duquesne,” said Duquesne Police Chief Scott Adams said. “I believe Munhall apprehended one of the kids.”
But the others continued running on the steep terrain and down to the river.
“They then ran down an embankment,” Chief Adams said. “One actually jumped into the river, and we apprehended two. A third was found about 20 minutes after the two were apprehended.”
Authorities had to use a river boat during the apprehension because the terrain was too difficult for the suspects to walk on land.
None of the teenagers were injured, but they are in trouble with authorities.
“I know that two of them now are going to be transported to Shuman Center for leaving that facility,” Chief Adams said. “One’s going to be returned to a foster parent.”
Police feared for one of the teen’s safety when he jumped into the river, but they were able to get him out safely.