Sheriff: Teens on the run were 'ready to come home'
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two Kentucky teens who were on the run for two weeks will be headed home soon after being arrested in Florida Sunday morning.
Dalton Hayes, 18, and his 13-year-old girlfriend Cheyenne Phillips face felony charges after allegedly stealing trucks and evading police.
The two were spotted in South Carolina and Georgia before finally being taken into custody in Panama City Beach.
"I'm happy this is over with," said Sherry Peters, the mother of Phillips.
Sheriff Norman Chaffins said the U.S. Marshals Service surrounded the teens' truck outside a restaurant. "They basically didn't leave them a choice, other than to surrender," he said.
Hayes and Phillips offered no resistance while being taken into custody. After speaking with the teens, Chaffins said, "I could tell they were both ready to come home."
Chaffins said he had not yet asked the teens why they took off in the first place, but he added that there would be plenty of time for that. "We have a long ride back to Grayson County in the next couple of days."
Police were concerned that Hayes and Phillips could pose a danger to themselves or others while fleeing from police. Chaffins said that knowing Hayes and "how hard-headed he could be," he feared that things might not come to a peaceful end. "He just didn't want to get caught," Chaffins said.
Hayes's mother said she believes the pair took off after Hayes learned that Phillips was only 13. "Dalton thought she was 19," she said.
Peters said that her daughter had not told her that she and Hayes were dating. "They need to stay away from each other," she said. "They need to have no contact."
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