Stolen moped chase results in teen injury

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GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Groton police are still on the lookout for two people involved in a stolen moped chase on Tuesday night.

According to Groton police, an officer attempted to stop two mopeds near Route 12 and Walker Hill Road just after 11:45 p.m. As a result of the pursuit, one moped crashed leaving the driver injured while the passenger fled into the woods. The passenger was later located after a police canine team search. The operator was transported to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Both the driver and passenger were identified as 16-year-olds, and both were charged with reckless driving, larceny, interfering with an officer, and engaging an officer in pursuit. The driver, who officers later discovered was on juvenile parole, was turned over to the Juvenile Parole officers.

The second stolen moped was spotted later on the Gold Star Bridge. When officers arrived, the two occupants fled on the moped behind a business on Williams Street, then took off on foot.  Groton officers, New London officers, and State Troopers conducted a search for the two occupants, but they were not found.

Both mopeds were confirmed to be stolen, and the investigation is continuing. If you witnessed these thefts, or have any information that could help Troopers in their investigation, you’re asked to call State Police Troop E at 860-848-6500.

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