Three Beloit teenagers were arrested early Tuesday morning after police say they tried to steal a vehicle and led police on a high-speed chase from Janesville to Beloit.
Matthew E. Kluth, 18, and a 15- and 16-year-old, face possible charges of operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, party to the crime of possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer and trespassing. Kluth faces additional charges of felony fleeing and recklessly endangering safety, according to a news release from the Janesville Police Department.
Janesville police were called to a residence in the 1300 block of East Memorial Drive at about 3 a.m. to investigate a report of an attempted car theft. Police received a description of the vehicle and after it was located, a chase ensued through Janesville, where a pedestrian was nearly hit near the intersection of Center Avenue and Joliet Street, and continued on Highway 51 with speeds reaching up to 100 mph at times, according to police.
Stop sticks were deployed, which flattened two tires on the suspect vehicle. The vehicle stopped at Riverside Drive and Bayliss Avenue in Beloit, and the suspects fled on foot. They later were apprehended with assistance from Beloit and town of Beloit police and Rock County sheriff’s deputies.
The suspect vehicle had been stolen in Beloit, police learned.
All three suspects are believed to have been involved in a break-in at a residence in Janesville on April 26, according to the news release.