A juvenile from Garnett led Iola police officers on a brief, chaos-filled chase through several yards early Saturday morning, stemming from what was originally going to be a routine traffic stop.
Police chief Jared Warner said officers attempted to stop Heather Holstine, 15, Garnett, near the intersection of South Fourth and East Spruce streets at about 1:30 a.m., after she reportedly failed to yield.
The driver ignored the stop order, and instead turned north in the alleyway between Fourth and Kentucky streets, then veered into the back yards of residences at 115 and 111 S. Fourth St.
The vehicle struck a gas meter, continued traveling northwest and struck the rear portion of a two-story garage, Warner said. The garage sustained significant damage from the blow.
From there, the driver continued through the yard and over a sidewalk, re-entering Fourth Street, Warner said. However, she failed to negotiate a turn about a block away, in an alley between East Madison Avenue and U.S. 54, and struck a vehicle parked in front of 103 S. Fourth St.
Both vehicles sustained considerable damage, Warner said.
Holstine was taken into custody from there, first to Allen County Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, then to the Juvenile Detention Center in Girard.
Officers are requesting charges be filed through the Allen County attorneys office.