A 15-year-old Ceres boy was arrested early Sunday after he led police on a high-speed chase in a van he stole from his grandmother.
Ceres Police Sgt. Vince Hooper was patrolling in the area of Mitchell Road and Whitmore Avenue at 12:15 a.m. when he saw a gray-colored Honda van pull into the Save Mart parking lot driving recklessly. The van entered from the north driveway and accelerated rapidly driving southbound towards Sgt. Hooper. When the van got close to Sgt. Hooper it turned the other direction and drove out of the parking lot onto Whitmore Avenue. Hooper got behind the van and attempted to stop the driver on southbound Mitchel Road. The driver then accelerated up to 80 mph. As the van approached Roeding Road, it went into the shoulder and drove through a vacant lot before turning onto westbound Roeding Road. The driver continued at speeds of 60 to 70 mph through residential areas and did not slow for stop signs at Rose and 10th streets. The van approached the intersection of 8th Street when it moved to the north side of the road and drove onto grass, then colliding with a vehicle as it made a sudden turn to the left. It then collided with another parked vehicle, and came to rest against a power pole. The suspect ran into the darkness but was reported by a witness to be walking on the Pine Street overpass at 12:33 a.m.
Sgt. Hooper arrested the teen who admitted driving the van and saying he had no permission from his grandmother. She pursued charges and the teen was booked for felony auto theft, possession of stolen property, evading, and hit and run.