Two teenage girls being transported in a Department of Juvenile Justice vehicle escaped on Tuesday by choking a youth worker who was transporting them and fleeing with the car. The vehicle was later found in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. However, the two girls, 17-year-old Amber Tucker and 16-year-old Brandi Murrah are still on the loose.

The two managed to get away when one of the girls pretended to be sick. The driver slid open the plastic divider to allow more air conditioning into the back seat. Then the other girl reached over and started to strangle the driver with her handcuffs. One of them was able to get up to the front seat, continuing to choke the worker. She threw the car keys to the other girl so she could get free. They then threw the driver out of the car and drove away. She was treated for bruises on her neck before being released.

At the time, the girls were being transported to the Morehead Youth Development Center from Warren County. They faced misdemeanor charges and were not considered to be violent or dangerous. The care was found at 2:41 a.m. on Wednesday morning, abandoned. It is believed that they are heading to Russellville, Kentucky, a town near where one of the girls lives. They are not considered to be armed since there were no weapons in the vehicle that they stole. If caught, they will face new, serious charges.

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention, female offender arrests have been increasing since the 1980s. Half of all youth arrests are made for theft, simple assault, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, and curfew violations. Theft is the greatest of these causes for arrests. Females were most likely to be involved in prostitution, embezzlement, theft, and runaway arrests. Teens between the ages of 15 and 17 make up 68 percent of all juvenile arrests. Teens under age 15 make up 32 percent of all juvenile arrests.

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