Syracuse police arrested two teenage girls after they stole a car late Saturday night and crashed it while fleeing police.
Police were called to 210 Miles Avenue Saturday night around 11:45 after reports of a Chevy Uplander van being stolen from that location. Soon after responding, police found the car being driven on East Genesee Street near Irving Avenue.
Police say they attempted to pull the female driver over, but she fled westbound through downtown Syracuse before getting onto Route 690 West. Police continued to follow the vehicle from Route 690 to Route 695 before the driver exited at Gerelock Road into the town of Camillus.
While exiting the highway, police say the driver failed to maneuver a turn and struck a ditch, causing the van to roll on its side. Police saw the engine compartment of the van catch fire after the crash and quickly pulled the driver and her passenger out of the car before the van burst into flames.
The two occupants only received minor cuts and bruises from the accident. Police arrested them and took them to Upstate Hospital for precautionary evaluations.
The driver of the car was a 15 year-old girl from Syracuse. She is charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment, all felonies.
She is also charged with a variety of misdemeanors, including unauthorized use of a motorized vehicle, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and reckless driving.
Police say her passenger was 17 year-old Shaneika Cathcart of 210 Miles Avenue in Syracuse. Cathcart is charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motorized vehicle.
The 15 year-old is being held in the Hillbrook Detention facility. Cathcart was lodged in the Justice Center and scheduled to be arraigned on Sunday.