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Teen girls arrested after chase in stolen car

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Two female suspects remain in custody on allegations they stole a woman's convertible and led authorities on a high-speed pursuit over the weekend.

Emily A. Kessler, 18, of 113 1/2 E. Main St., Bellevue, must post a $20,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail on charges of theft, breaking and entering as well as fleeing and eluding. Her passenger during the chase, Katherine Tuttle, 18, of 821 Kilborne St., Bellevue, is being held on a $10,000 bond on a receiving stolen property charge.

Kessler is accused of being the driver who led Huron County Sheriff's Cpl. Jeff Kerber in the pursuit Sunday that started between Monroeville and Bellevue, Major Greg Englund said.

"I think the speed at times was 75 to 80 mph," he added.

Kerber began pursuing the suspect at the intersection of Sandhill Road and U.S. 20 at 1:07 p.m. Kessler ran the stop sign at the intersection of Sandhill Road and Ohio 547 before the stolen car's engine "blew" at Ohio 99 and Sandhill, Englund said.

The chase lasted six to eight minutes.

Kerber and an off-duty deputy who was in the area were "able to subdue" Kessler and Tuttle after they reportedly refused to get out of the vehicle, Englund said. Deputies apprehended the suspects when Tuttle opened her door.

"It's good the off-duty deputy came along," Englund added.

About six hours before the pursuit, a Prairie Road, Bellevue, woman reported the theft of her 1997 Mercedes 450SL convertible from her barn. The victim told dispatchers the keys were in the white car with a "navy blue soft top."

Dispatchers told authorities in adjoining counties to look for the vehicle. After the pursuit, Kerber had the convertible impounded at a local towing company.

The Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation was expected to be contacted Monday morning to process the vehicle for evidence.

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