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13-year-old boy leads Ceres Police on chase in stolen car
Nine-mile pursuit ends in Keyes area
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Ceres Police were led on a nine-mile, high-speed chase of a stolen Honda driven by a 13-year-old Modesto boy late Thursday.

At 10:30 p.m. an officer was called out to take a report of a red-colored Honda being stolen 30 minutes prior at 1749 Richland Avenue. At 11:53 p.m. Officer Eric Souza located the Honda traveling on southbound Highway 99 at Faith Home Road in Keyes. Officer Souza got behind the Honda and tried to stop the driver about a quarter-mile north of the Keyes Road exit. The driver merged off the freeway at Keyes Road and ran the stop sign atop Keyes Road and sped up to 90 mph westbound on Keyes Road.

Several times the Honda crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, forcing oncoming vehicles to yield to avoid collisions.  The driver blew through the stop sign at Crows Landing Road at about 75 miles per hour, and then accelerated to 100 mph passing Ustick Road. He then blew through the stop sign at Carpenter Road at approximately 80 mph. Just east of the intersection of Keyes Road at Jennings Road the Honda came to a stop where the 13-year-old Modesto driver surrendered. He was booked into Juvenile Hall for auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony evading with a willful disregard for safety of others and property.

His 15-year-old Ceres passenger was taken to his home to his mother.

The car had no keys in the ignition. The victim picked up his car and stated that neither juvenile had permission to be in possession of his vehicle.