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Perhaps a Bike-PGH outreach program for hydrocarbon addicts?

Police say teen stole gas for Humvee, led them on chase

Wednesday, July 02, 2008
By Jim McKinnon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A teen from Moon was injured early today after he crashed his father’s Humvee while fleeing from police in the North Hills.

Mark Follen, 18, was being treated this morning at Allegheny General Hospital for a leg injury, Franklin Park police Chief Donald Dorsch said.

Franklin Park police had been on patrol at 1:16 a.m. when the officer spotted activity at the Clover Hill Golf Course in the borough.

When the suspect spotted the police cruiser, he sped off in the Humvee, Chief Dorsch said.

At the golf course, police found equipment for siphoning gas, items that Mr. Follen recently had bought from Kmart.

At speeds between 75 and 80 mph, the Humvee led police onto Ingomar Road, through McCandless and to McKnight Road.

Police from Ross joined the pursuit with county police and officers from Franklin Park and McCandless.

The chase ended at Northway Mall at about 1:30 a.m. where the suspect crashed into a tree, causing the Humvee to roll over several times, Chief Dorsch said.

Mr. Follen had been wearing a seat belt at the time.

None of the officers was injured.

The golf course reported that it keeps two 500-gallon fuel tanks on the property. One holds gasoline, and the other contains diesel.

Sixty-eight gallons of gasoline were reported stolen, police said.

Charges will be filed today against Mr. Follen before District Judge William Wagner in McCandless.

His charges will include fleeing and eluding police, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, careless driving, and possessing instruments of crime.

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