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July 8, 2014

Juvenile who crashed stolen SUV sought

Suspect reportedly ran away from Salem Children’s Trust

— CUMBERLAND — A juvenile offender who walked away from the Salem Children’s Trust near Grantsville Monday night was being sought Tuesday after he wrecked a 1996 Jeep that he had apparently stolen in Garrett County near Lonaconing, according to Maryland State Police.

The youth, identified by authorities as 16-year-old Leandro Ovalles of Silver Spring, reportedly drove the vehicle into the back of a State Highway Administration mowing tractor on eastbound Interstate 70 at the 27-mile marker at about 8 a.m. before he ran from the scene.

State police at Hagerstown said the youth then tried to break into a residence in the Williamsport area of Washington County.

Police do not believe the juvenile escapee is dangerous.

He is described as a hispanic male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a green and blue striped polo-type shirt.

The Salem facility is a private, non-secure facility that contracts with the Department of Juvenile Services.

Anyone sighting the juvenile should call state police at 301-766-3810.

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