Teens charged with eating and running

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two teenagers were chased down in a stolen car Wednesday after eating at a Glennallen restaurant and leaving without paying.

Jim Allen, co-owner of Allen's Trailside Grill said the 15-year-olds came in at about 9:45 a.m. and sat at the table closest to the door.

Allen delivered breakfast meals and when he returned, the teens had eaten and run.

Allen's cook, Chris Miller, 18, grabbed the unpaid ticket, jumped into his pickup truck and headed down the road. He spotted the Subaru the boys were driving about seven miles outside town, on the Glenn Highway.

''I called Jim back to make sure I was pulling over the right people,'' Miller told the Anchorage Daily News.

Miller passed the car, blocked it, walked to the driver's side window and showed the boys the $16.90 bill.

The pair denied the bill was theirs and sped away. Miller memorized the license plate and called authorities.

Trooper Freddie Wells caught up with the teens a few miles later. Both were runaways, he said. The driver didn't have a license and was wanted for stealing a motor home. The Subaru was stolen too.

''He said he needed some wheels to get back and forth,'' Wells said.

Both youths were charged with theft of services and a false report; the driver was also charged with first-degree vehicle theft, second-degree criminal mischief and driving without a valid license.

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