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Police say teens stole, rolled Perham school's pickup

Two Perham teenagers suffered minor injuries and could face criminal charges after they rolled a pickup truck allegedly stolen from Perham High School, the city's police chief said.

The accident was reported at 7:15 p.m. on Highway 10 three miles west of Perham in Otter Tail County, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

The teens allegedly stole the pickup from the high school, Chief Brian Nelson said.

"The keys were hidden in the vehicle, but obviously not well," he said.

"They decided to take it for a little ride, and they drove it around the area a little bit and they ended up trying to go to Detroit Lakes," he said.

The teens admitted to police they were driving at excessive speeds up to 90 mph and were yanking the steering wheel back and forth when they lost control of the pickup, he said.

The driver, Philip Loerzel, 17, and his passenger, Nicholas Brown, 17, were taken to Perham Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the patrol said. Nelson said they suffered scrapes and bruises.

The teens were taken to the juvenile detention center in Moorhead. One had been released by this afternoon.

A report was forwarded to the Clay County attorney for consideration of charges.