Teens lead police on high-speed chase in stolen truck, crash on I-81 in Syracuse

A high speed chase ended in Syracuse on Friday morning when a person driving a stolen vehicle was going to fast to make a turn.

The driver, 17-year old Asalic Parhem of Syracuse, and passenger, a 15-year old female, fled the scene after crashing near the I-81 off ramp at Brighton Avenue.

The southbound exit ramp was closed for several hours while highway crews repaired the damage.

The chase began after Syracuse Police responded to a stolen vehicle complaint at James Street and Catherine Street around 9:05 a.m. They immediately notified officers to look out for a blue 2003 Ford pick-up truck with lumber in the back.

Senior Investigator Tim McCarthy saw the pick-up right away and officers soon responded to Adams Street at Almond Street. After police followed the suspect on to I-81, they turned on the siren and lights but the driver refused to pull over.

The pickup truck was travelling too fast on the curved exit ramp and went off the road, going through the guard rail and hitting a lamp post. After the teenage driver and passenger fled the scene, police quickly arrested them inside a home at the 2400 block of South State Street after a short foot-chase.

Both suspects are charged with the following felonies: grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and reckless endangerment. They were also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal trespass.

Parhem is also charged with reckless driving, unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of a property crash, and failure to comply with a police officer. He is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon in the Syracuse Criminal Court.

The 15-year old was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and is expected to be arraigned in Family Court.

No one was injured during the incident.