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MARLOW, OK (KSWO) -A high-speed chase in Stephens County ended with a pasture on fire and two cars destroyed.

The person responsible for the chase is not only a juvenile but, he had a woman and a 3-year-old in his SUV during the chase, and he abandoned them after their vehicle caught fire.

Police say the suspect is being held at the Comanche County Juvenile Detention Center.

The chase began around 10 a.m. when a Marlow police officer tried to pull over the driver of a Chevy Tahoe for a cracked windshield at the intersection of North 2nd Street and West Steele Avenue.

Police Chief Elvis Walker says that's when the driver sped off, leading his officer on a 14-mile, high-speed chase. Chief Walker says the chase reached speeds above 75 mph before ending in a pasture near Rush Springs. He says the heat from the mufflers on both vehicles set the grass in the pasture on fire and destroyed the vehicles. He says the suspect then took off running.

"The driver exited his vehicle and left a small boy, approximately three years old and a young lady. The young woman got the child out of the Tahoe," Chief Walker said.

Chief Walker says his officer ran after the suspect and he then surrendered to police. It was at that time Chief Walker says he questioned the suspect and realized he was a juvenile.

"I asked him, ‘Son, why did you run?’ He said, ‘I had no license,’" Chief Walker recalled.

Chief Walker says it's amazing no one was hurt during the chase.

"The danger he put that family in and himself and my officers, for no driver’s license and a $235 ticket at the most. It's not worth it," he said.

Chief Walker says the woman and child are safe, and the woman was not charged in the chase. At this time, he says he doesn't know the connection between the juvenile driver and the woman and child. 

Chief Walker says the juvenile faces two felony charges of eluding police and endangerment of a child. Chief Walker says it could be a while before his officer's car is replaced. It is covered by insurance, but will run around $38,000 to replace.

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