A police pursuit of teen auto thieves turned dangerous early Monday when one of the suspects tried crashing his car into a patrol vehicle.
At least one of the teens was arrested.
According to Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. Greg Yotsuya, a Ceres owner of a green-colored Honda Accord called 9-1-1 at 1:10 a.m. to report that his car had just been stolen. The owner said that the thieves arrived in a white Honda Accord which fled with the stolen Honda Accord. A witness got into their car and followed to phone in direction of travel for the suspects. Both the stolen green Honda and the white Honda were found traveling eastbound on Whitmore Avenue near Blaker Road. When police attempted to get into position behind the stolen green Honda, the driver of the white Honda attempted to collide with patrol vehicles.
A pursuit of both Hondas was initiated. The stolen Honda was eventually stopped in the 3900 block of Central Avenue with suspects running from the car. One suspect, a 17-year-old male, was detained nearby. He could not be positively identified by the owner of the stolen car.
Meanwhile, the chase of the white Honda ended when Officer Eric Gallegos performed a pursuit intervention technique, commonly known as a PIT maneuver on Whitmore Avenue near Herndon Avenue. The 17-year-old Ceres driver was taken into arrested and charged with grand theft auto, assault with a deadly weapon and evading a peace officer.