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Teen leads police on chase in stolen car
Car chased from Ceres to Modesto
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A 15-year-old Modesto boy driving a stolen car led Ceres Police on a high-speed chase early Friday.

At 12:36 a.m. Officer Eric Souza observed a white 1998 Aura Integra at the stoplight on northbound Blaker Road at Whitmore Avenue. He found it had been stolen in Turlock on the day before. Souza awaited backup before attempting to stop on Crows Landing Road but the teen accelerated to speed of up to 95 mph westbound on Whitmore Avenue. The chase went to Carpenter Road where the vehicle failed to stop at the posted stop sign and turned northbound on Carpenter Road traveling at over 90 mph. At Hatch Road the driver drove east to Crows Landing Road and failed to stop at the red light. The car blew through stop signs and red lights as it made its way on Crows Landing Road, S. 7th Street, Tuolumne Boulevard, Paradise Road, southbound on Sheridan Street, westbound Vicksburg Street, eastbound on Rouse Avenue, southbound on Mamilane, and westbound into Victor Court. Once on Victor Court the Acura slowed and the driver’s door opened as if the driver was preparing to flee on foot. Officer Souza positioned the front of his patrol vehicle near the driver’s door to prevent the driver from fleeing.

Officers ordered the teen at gunpoint to raise his hands and he complied. The driver was pulled from the vehicle and arrested. A search of the suspect produced a homemade burglary tool commonly used to pick locks and start certain early model vehicles such as this Acura.

The juvenile was transported to the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall where he was booked for felony auto theft, felony evading, and possession of burglary tools.