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4 juvenile suspects in custody after a Boone County Sheriff's deputy was hit, injured by stolen SUV

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Posted at 2:20 AM, Oct 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-17 11:20:29-04

UNION, Ky. — Four juvenile suspects are in custody Saturday morning after deputies said a Boone County Sheriff's deputy was taken to the hospital Friday night after he was hit while deploying stop sticks on US 42.

Investigators said the juveniles were picked up on Riggs Road in Erlanger by a man and woman. The man and woman were in the area after receiving a message from the suspects through a community ride-sharing page.

Deputies pulled over the vehicle. The man and woman are not affiliated with the suspects, detectives said. Both are fully cooperating with investigators and will not face criminal charges.

Through investigation, detectives said the suspects found a garage door opener and opened the garage, where they found an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the attached house garage.

Investigators said the homeowners called 911. Right now, detectives said investigators do not have any information that suggests a vehicle was stolen from Twin Hills. The suspects arrived at Twin Hills in a stolen vehicle and fled the area in the same vehicle.

Deputies said they found the stolen Audi SUV on Rice Pike and tried stopping it on US 42. That is when the SUV nearly struck a cruiser, according to Lt. Philip Ridgell.

Investigators say Lt. Chris Hall was outside of his cruiser, deploying stop sticks on US 42 at I-75, when the stolen SUV struck him and took off.

WATCH: Body camera footage shows moment officer was hit:

According to the sheriff’s office, the driver in the stolen SUV exited the interstate at Erlanger and the three suspects abandoned the car in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Baker Street.

Lt. Hall was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Deputies said Lt. Hall suffered injuries to his arms and legs and was released from the hospital Saturday morning.

The suspects were taken to the Campbell County Juvenile Detention Center on attempted murder and receiving stolen property charges.