1 teen, 2 adults charged after car crashes into church during police pursuit

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two adults and a teenager are facing criminal charges after a stolen car crashed into a church during a police pursuit Friday morning, authorities say.

Sgt. L'Jean McKneely, a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department, says the pursuit began around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Claycut Road and Foster Drive. The pursuit ended when the car crashed into the Greater St. Michael Baptist Church at the intersection of Gus Young Avenue and N 37th Street.

"It hurts," said Howard Miller, secretary of the church. "I love my church and I love to be here."

Assistant pastor, Richard Davis, says the church has been a staple in the community for 18 years. "Nothing like this has ever taken place, expect good things," he said.

A 15-year-old female, as well as two adults, have been charged in connection with the incident. The teen was arrested and is charged with aggravated flight from an officer, disobeying a red light, and illegal possession of stolen things.

The two adults were issued misdemeanor summons for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Investigators say the car also took out an Entergy utility pole during the crash.

Church leaders have since covered the hole left by the vehicle. We're told service will continue as planned on Sunday, beginning with Sunday School at 7 a.m., followed by regular service at 8 a.m.

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