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Second escape suspect arrested near Vernon Center

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ELMORE, Minn. -

The second suspect who evaded authorities after escaping from a treatment facility was arrested near Vernon Center at about 6:45 P.M. on Sunday.

Two 17-year-old juveniles escaped from a treatment facility in Elmore on Saturday afternoon, and led authorities on a chase.

A spokesperson for the treatment facility says the two suspects manipulated staff and were able to escape. The doors to the treatment center are not locked, but are equipped with alarms. Officials say the suspects escaped via a window.

Authorities tell News 12, at about 4:30 Saturday afternoon, the escape occurred. 

Authorities in Faribault County say at about 10:15 P.M. that same day, the juvenile suspects stole a truck in rural Elmore. The Faribault County Sheriff's says the homeowner at the address of where the theft occurred, subsequently notified authorities.

At approximately 10:30 P.M. on Saturday, authorities say a Faribault County deputy met the vehicle in the City of Blue Earth and attempted a traffic stop. Authorities say the suspects in the truck then fled, and a pursuit ensued.

Officials say the chase exited and re-entered the City of Blue Earth multiple times. At one point, the suspects drove the wrong way through a McDonald's drive-thru in the City of Blue Earth and struck a Faribault County Sheriff's Office squad car, causing minor damage. Authorities say the suspects subsequently struck a Winnebago Police squad, and a Minnesota State Patrol squad car, causing significant damage. 

The Faribault County Sheriff's Office says no peace officers sustained injury due to the collisions.

After the collisions, the suspects in the truck fled north to Vernon Center. Authorities say the pickup struck a bridge in Vernon Center, and entered a ditch. The suspects then fled on foot.

At approximately 4:30 A.M. Sunday, officials say one of the juvenile suspects was arrested. The other was taken into custody Sunday evening.

Several agencies assisted in the search. A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was also involved. 

A spokesperson for the treatment facility, TJ Mauer says staff did an excellent job responding to the escape incident after it occurred. Mauer adds measures are being implemented to prevent a similar occurrence.