03/21/2001

Boy, 13, arrested in 100-mph chase
[Temecula, CA]

The Press-Enterprise
March 19, 2001, Monday
Copyright 2001 The Press Enterprise Co.
THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE, CA.)
March 19, 2001, Monday

(TEMECULA, Calif.) -- A 13-year-old Perris boy was arrested Sunday after police chased a stolen pickup on Temecula streets at speeds up to 100 mph.

Temecula police were summoned to Southern Cross and Margarita roads about 1:45 a.m. by a report that someone was trying to steal a vehicle. When officers arrived, they spotted a teal Ford F150 pickup that had been reported stolen earlier in the evening. They also spotted two people, who ran to the truck, hopped in and sped off.

The officers pursued the truck at speeds of up to 100 mph as it ran stop signs and red traffic lights.

The driver finally lost control after a spike strip flattened the truck's front tires and the vehicle's rims shattered on the curb at Stanford Drive and Chantemar Way.

The people from the truck ran, but were captured with the aid of a Temecula police dog, police said.

Temecula police said the 13-year-old driver and his 15-year-old passenger were arrested on suspicion of auto theft. Both Perris youths were taken to Riverside County Juvenile Hall, police said.

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