Officer Joe Herrera said Tuesday morning, police attempted to pull over a black Mitsubishi Outlander for a traffic violation prior to knowing it had been reported stolen. The driver of the vehicle eluded officers and got away. Later in the day, Hererra said another officer was driving in the area of 28th and Olive and saw the vehicle operated at a high rate of speed, 60 miles per hour in a 25 mile an hour zone. Herrerra said the vehicle again, got away before the officer could make a traffic stop.
“Later on in the day we got several phone calls from witnesses about this black vehicle driving…careless and imprudent all over the roadway,” Herrerra said. “We started driving around the area and then we heard over the radio that a witness said the vehicle crashed in the area of Hyde Park on the west side.”
Herrera said when officers arrived on scene they saw the vehicle had wrecked in some bushes and several kids ran from the car.
“All juveniles were recovered after a search of the area and taken into custody and transported to juvenile detention,” Herrera said.
The suspects ranged in age from 12 to 16 years. Herrera said three boys and one girl were taken into custody. No injuries were reported.
Herrera said the vehicle was stolen earlier this week.