Sheriff: Teen escapes jail, runs into icy Clinton River while fleeing officers


CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 16-year-old inmate at the Juvenile Justice Center in Macomb County escaped the jail over the weekend and led officers on a chase which ended in the icy Clinton River. 

The foot chase began just before 2 p.m. Sunday. Deputies eventually helped the teen out of the icy water. 

Details from the Sheriff's Office:

At approximately 1:53 p.m., Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the JJC after staff reported that a 16 year-old subject managed to run from the facility. Numerous patrol cars were dispatched and a Clinton Township police officer spotted the child as he ran across Dunham and onto Little Road. 

The subject went down an embankment alongside the Clinton River. When deputies arrived, the child had crossed an iced-over portion of the river and was now in the open water. Deputies threw the child a life ring (with a rope attached) and he was pulled out of the river and up the steep embankment. 

An ambulance was summoned and the child was transported to McLaren Hospital for treatment.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Youth Bureau will be submitting a juvenile “petition” on the escape.

The child has been returned to the custody of the Juvenile Justice Center. 

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