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Car Chase in Alabama Ends With Police Shooting Teen in Shoulder

by Chris Essner and Elizabeth Chuck /  / Updated 
Cassidy Francis, Chase McKinneyWalker County Sheriff

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Two teenagers are in jail after leading police on a wild car pursuit in Alabama that ended with one of them being shot in the shoulder.

Cassidy Francis, 17, and Chase McKinney, 19, of Youngstown, Ohio, have been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer after leading law enforcement on a chase through three counties, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"The two suspects attempted to ram police cars and run over officers," Fayette County Sheriff Rodney Ingle said.

Francis and McKinney are being held in the Fayette County Jail on a bond totaling $282,000 — $137,000 for Francis and $145,000 for McKinney — according to NBC affiliate WFMJ in Alabama. Their next court hearing is scheduled for May 4.

 Cassidy Francis, Chase McKinney Walker County Sheriff

Francis was driving her mother's car Wednesday night with McKinney in the passenger seat, Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood told WFMJ. The pair was traveling west of Birmingham when police received a call that the driver was drunk.

Authorities tried to pull them over, but the car sped away, driving through roadblocks and ramming into police cruisers twice.

Francis then tried to run over an officer, authorities told WFMJ. At that point, police fired at the car, hitting McKinney in the shoulder. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Francis had been reported missing from Youngstown since Monday, the station said. She will be charged as an adult.

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