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Teens' joy ride turns to dangerous chase

February 5, 2009 8:19:15 AM PST
Five teenagers allegedly stole a car to go on a joy ride, and led police on a chase through several L.A. County cities on Wednesday night.Police said two girls and three boys, ranging in age from 12 to 14, stole a Chevy Corsica in residential neighborhood in Norwalk. The owner reported that vehicle stolen, and when deputies spotted the stolen car, they began the pursuit just before midnight.

The pursuit lasted about an hour and went through Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier, El Monte, on side streets and on the 605 Freeway, where the California Highway Patrol got involved.

CHP finally ended the chase in the City of Industry by doing a pit maneuver. The car hit a fence and came to a stop.

All five teenagers were arrested at about 1 a.m. and remain in custody Thursday morning. They are being held in Santa Fe Springs.

The L.A. Sheriff's Department said these teens were already on probation, and now they're facing more charges.

"It's disappointing the juveniles would elect to steal a car and go for joy ride and lead police on a chase, endangering hundreds of lives there on the freeways and incorporated city streets that we traverse," said CHP Officer Joe Zizi.

The chase reached speeds of 50 miles per hour, and the deputy pursuing vehicle did not know it was a juvenile behind the wheel, but could tell there were several people inside.

Just two weeks ago, three boys were killed after officers pursued their vehicles. Police said 15-year-old Devon Keeton went for a joy ride with his 9-year-old brother Dylan and their 11-year-old friend Moses Guzman. Keeton lost control of the car and smashed into a wall and a house. The pursuit lasted less than a minute and reached speeds of 90 miles an hour.


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