Project Ad­ven­ture run­aways cap­tured

Teens taken in af­ter three chases

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

Af­ter three chases by both the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, two Project Ad­ven­ture run­aways were ap­pre­hended Thurs­day morn­ing.

A 16-year-old black male and a 17-year-old white fe­male re­port­edly fled the group home Wed­nes­day. Both ju­ve­niles were spot­ted at ap­prox­i­mately 11 p.m. that night in a nearby sub­di­vi­sion. Deputies pur­sued the pair on foot, but were only able to de­tain the fe­male.

The male was spot­ted Thurs­day morn­ing on U.S. High­way 278 and ran as soon as he saw the pa­trol car, said NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son. The ju­ve­nile was again chased on foot, but was able to elude the deputies for the sec­ond time.

Later that morn­ing, the CPD lo­cated the sus­pect near the old Wal-Mart and were able to ap­pre­hend him with­out in­ci­dent.

The sus­pect is from DeKalb County and Wat­ter­son said there was a fear he would try to catch a ride back home. They had hoped the male would will­ingly re­turn to Project Ad­ven­ture, but that was not the case. Wat­ter­son said the NCSO has to chase down run­aways from group homes a cou­ple of times a month.

“ It re­ally does take a lot of man power for us,” Wat­ter­son said.

Records show there have been more than 70 calls made to the NCSO from 14 group homes in the county in the last six months.

At least 13 of th­ese calls have been about Project Ad­ven­ture. Group homes serve as an al­ter­na­tive to ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion.

Both run­aways have been charged with an ob­struc­tion of an of­fi­cer.

Wat­ter­son said no charges have been filed against the fe­male by the De­part­ment of Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice. The DJJ was re­spon­si­ble for her place­ment at Project Ad­ven­ture.

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