KEY POINTS

  • The suspect stole the vehicle from a Hyundai dealership in Ohio
  • The teen sent his friend real-time updates, which were forwarded to cops
  • Police eventually managed to stop the carjacker and arrest him

An Ohio man sent the police on a high-speed chase after he stole a car with a teenage passenger sleeping in the backseat. The teen managed to send real-time text messages about their location and helped cops nab the carjacker.

Two teenage friends brought a 2012 Audi A4 to a Hyundai dealership in Findlay on Saturday. One of the teens, 19-year-old Raylon Scott, was sleeping in the back of the car when the suspect, Justin Vaughn, 32, jumped into the vehicle and drove off, the New York Post reported.

Vaughn was on Route 224 and later turned to the Tiffin area, police said.

All the while, Scott, who was inside the car, was able to send his friend, 17-year-old Kharisma Guajardo, real-time updates about their location.

"Kharisma was able to track the vehicle's location and provided investigating officers with real-time location updates," the Findlay Police Department said in a press release posted on Facebook.

Along with location updates, Scott also alerted Kharisma "about Justin's driving and threatening behaviors." 

Police located the car when it entered the city of Tiffin. However, Vaughn sped off when they tried to pull him over. The suspect then sent the police on a chase through Seneca County. 

"Shortly after crossing over the county line, Tiffin Officers performed a slow speed vehicle termination maneuver, ending the pursuit," Tiffin Police Department Chief David W. Pauly said.

Vaughn was taken into custody after he crashed the vehicle near State Route 100 and Young Road in Crawford County. Both Vaughn and Scott suffered minor injuries and were treated by Sycamore Fire and Emergency Medical Services team at the scene, the police said. A deputy from the Seneca County Sheriff's Office also sustained a hand injury in the incident.

Vaughn was handed over to Findlay Police Department officers following his arrest. He was detained at the Hancock County Jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and motor vehicle theft.

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