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GSP recovers vehicle stolen from school

Authorities continue to search for 16-year-old driver

COVINGTON — One of the vehicles reported stolen from a school Tuesday has been recovered, but the 16-year-old driver who fled from authorities has not yet been apprehended, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

On Tuesday, a blue 1999 Jeep Cherokee was stolen out of the parking lot of South Salem Elementary School on Salem Road. That same day, two other cars were reported stolen, as well: a green 1996 Honda Accord from Newton High School and a white 1997 Plymouth Voyager van from the parking lot at Publix at Brown Bridge and Salem roads.

Later, a trooper with the GSP attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Jeep Cherokee for speeding on Interstate 20 eastbound at Flat Shoals in DeKalb County.

“The Jeep Cherokee would not stop and a pursuit ensued,” said Franka Young, with the Department of Public Safety.

The Cherokee exited the interstate at Candler Road and continued down Flat Shoals to the entrance ramp of Interstate 285.

“The pursuit ended when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The passenger, a 14-year-old male, is in custody and was released to his mother. The driver, a 16-year old male, exited the vehicle and ran into an apartment complex nearby. He has not been located,” Young stated.

As of presstime Friday, the other two stolen vehicles had not been recovered, according to local authorities.