SAVANNAH, GA ( August 1, 2011) Patrol officers from the Central and West Chatham precincts spent almost three hours searching for one of two young females who escaped after being driven to a detention facility Monday afternoon.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police had quickly taken a 17-year-old back into custody after the 4 p.m. escape but spent more than 2 ½ hours searching the woods near the Chatham County Youth Detention Facility off Chatham Parkway for her 16-year-old counterpart. The older female was on probation from an offense committed when she was a juvenile.


The two were being transported at the request of their probation officer and had been secured with plastic handcuffs in the back of a patrol car. The officer driving had lowered a window to give the two girls some air when the window jammed. When the officer stopped at the detention center, one of the girls was able to reach through the window and open the door of the car to allow the escape.


The officer was able to recapture the elder girl, but the younger one ran through a wooded area that was saturated by officers from the two precincts. Police searched the area between the detention center and her residence in the West Lake area off ACL Boulevard but were unable to find her. The search was suspended just after 6:30 p.m.


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