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Clarinda Academy escapees caught near Afton

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 4:40 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 11:40 a.m. CST

Two Clarinda Academy escapees in a stolen truck were apprehended shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday by the Creston Police Department after a short pursuit on Highway 34.

The escapees — Jasmine Lacey Nall, 14, and Taylor Kay Dalton, 14 — ran away from Clarinda Academy Wednesday morning on foot and went north.

At about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, the duo allegedly stole a truck from an area farmer — Merle George Mellencamp at 1898 Quince, Ave., Clarinda — about a mile northwest of Clarinda Academy. At that time, Clarinda police alerted Creston Police Department that Nall and Dalton were eastbound on Highway 34 heading toward Creston.

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said the pair was considered dangerous.

"One of our officers noticed the truck and attempted to pull it over near the (Creston) city limits and a pursuit followed," said Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer.

The pursuit lasted for about six miles toward Afton. The truck eventually stopped just past the former Knotty Pine Family Steak House.

Nall and Dalton were handcuffed by Creston Police Officer David Parker and taken to the Creston Police Department.

According to a Creston police report, Nall was referred to juvenile authorities for operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent.

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