Two teens missing from Belmont County for a week are safe tonight, but not without incident.
The teens led police in Texas on a high speed chase early Monday morning and now, at least one of them being released into their parents custody.
Right now Kylee Taylor’s mother is on her way to Texas to pick her up.
Finally, here are the words that two families have been praying to hear.
“They’re both in good shape,” said Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas.
It’s been a long week for the families of Matthew Bateman and Kylee Taylor and for the students and staff at Union Local Middle School.
Hundreds showed up for a public prayer vigil. Family members issued pleas at a tearful news conference, and it all came to a dramatic end Sunday night when a police officer saw the two teens sleeping in a car parked outside a motel in Texas.
He tapped on the window and Bateman hopped behind the wheel and took off. At one point, he smashed into the police cruiser, disabling it.
A high speed chase, reportedly reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour, ended when the car hit the road spikes police had set up.
Taylor was taken safely into custody, but Bateman jumped out and ran off into the night.
“A perimeter was set up. Officers went through different establishments and handed out flyers and to get the information out that if this person is seen, to give them a call right away. From that, they did receive a call,” said Sheriff Lucas.
The sheriff says if it had happened here, Bateman might face charges such as hit and run, fleeing the scene of an accident, or failure to comply with the order of an officer, but he says it’s up to the Texas authorities to make those decisions. He’s just glad everyone’s safe and sound.