CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati police say the theft of snacks from a convenience store triggered a chase that ended when a car full of girls crashed into a utility pole, injuring three of them.
The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/L67IP8 ) reports the pursuit began early Tuesday after a store manager reported girls stole potato chips and other items and took off in a car. An officer who responded saw a similar vehicle pass by and unsuccessfully tried to pull it over, leading to the pursuit.
Police say the 16-year-old driver, the 12-year-old and a 14-year-old passenger were taken to a hospital and charged with theft. The youngest was in critical condition Wednesday.
Two more teens who were not hurt were cited for curfew violations.
Police were investigating whether the officer followed proper procedure.