BEVERLY — Two juveniles are facing charges after they fled police in a speeding vehicle and struck a police cruiser Monday night.

The juveniles, both girls, were taken to Beverly Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and will be summoned to court, Beverly police Officer Mike Boccuzzi said.

The incident begin just after 11 p.m. when an officer spotted the car going through a stop sign at Park and Elliott streets at a high rate of speed, according to Boccuzzi. 

The officer attempted to stop the car, but it sped through another red light at Elliott and Rantoul streets. Police pursued the car down Mechanic Street, where it hit a parked car, then attempted to back up and struck a police cruiser, Boccuzzi said.

The passenger in the car fled on foot, while the driver drove away. Police tracked down both of them a short time later, Boccuzzi said.

Boccuzzi described the incident as a "brief pursuit, not a high-speed chase." He said he could not disclose the names or ages of the girls or the charges against them because they are juveniles.

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