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Teenage runaways flee deputy in stolen vehicle, 1 jumps in a lake

The incident happened early Thursday morning in Meeker County.
The dead end on Maple Street at Spring Lake. 

The dead end on Maple Street at Spring Lake. 

A 16-year-old who was driving a stolen vehicle jumped in a lake to evade arrest, while their 16-year-old passenger was arrested, officials said. 

According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, a deputy spotted a vehicle speeding on U.S. Highway 12 through Dassel at about 1 a.m. Thursday and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled. 

The deputy pursued the vehicle, which officials later learned was stolen, north on Maple Street for about a mile until a dead end at Spring Lake. That's where the two teenagers got out and fled on foot, the sheriff's office said. 

The driver jumped in the lake but due to foggy conditions, the deputy lost sight of him "quickly," the sheriff's office said. Dassel Fire and Rescue assisted in searching the lake, but the 16-year-old from Burnsville wasn't located. 

The driver was spotted a few hours later in another vehicle that was reported stolen from the north side of Spring Lake. The driver fled east on U.S. Highway 12 and hasn't been found as of Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the passenger, a 16-year-old from Pine City, remained on land and returned to the deputy shortly after fleeing. The passenger was released to a parent. 

Both the driver and the passenger were identified as juvenile runaways. They both have criminal charges pending against them. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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