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The Mansfield Board of Control on Tuesday morning approved spending $118,626.32 to purchase two new police cruisers, an action that will still require City Council's approval.

MANSFIELD -- A 17-year-old male suspected in an abduction was taken into custody Thursday morning after crashing the vehicle he was driving while trying to elude authorities.

Mansfield police Det. James Perry said early Thursday afternoon he was preparing criminal charges against the juvenile.

The incident began at 7:18 a.m. when Mansfield police officers were approached by a young female inside the Kroger store at 1500 Lexington Ave.

The female told police that her boyfriend, armed with a handgun, was in a vehicle in the parking lot and had refused to allow her friend to exit the vehicle to go into the store with her.

She also told police the boyfriend had broken into her residence the night before and had been holding her and her friend against their will.

Police said the woman then abruptly left the store and got into a silver vehicle. Officers attempt to stop the vehicle, but it escaped at a high rate of speed. The officers did obtain the vehicle's license plate number.

Police sought the assistance of other area law enforcement agencies in finding the silver vehicle.

A trooper with the Mansfield Post of the State Highway Patrol located it and a pursuit began that ended with the suspect crashing in the 700 block of West Hanley Road, striking a power pole.

The driver attempted to flee on foot, injuring himself when he stepped onto a "live wire" created during the crash, according to police.

Authorities said the teenager was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital, where he is expected to recover.

The two females in the vehicle, ages 19 and 17, were also transported to the hospital and are expected to recover, police said. A loaded firearm was found at the scene of the crash.

Police detectives are working with other law enforcement agencies who assisted with the apprehension.

Police are not releasing the suspect's name at this time due to his age.

The accident knocked out power to residents in the area, including the Walnut Hills subdivision. AEP anticipated having the power back on Thursday afternoon.

"The Mansfield Division of Police appreciates the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lexington Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff's Office with this incident," Capt. Shari Robertson said in a press release.

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