Teen's joyride in Mountain View ends in arrest

14-year-old driver led police on high-speed chase

A 14-year-old Redwood City boy was arrested on suspicion of recklessly evading police Saturday night. A police officer attempted to pull over a black Ford Ranger, but the driver fled at high speed, blowing through stop signs and making erratic turns and lane changes, police said.

A Mountain View police officer initially attempted to pull the truck over after it failed to stop at a stop sign at Rengstorff and University avenues around 8:30 p.m. The driver evaded the officer, making wild turns, running red lights at high speed and almost causing "a whole bunch of accidents," police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

At one point, early in the chase, the truck made a hairpin turn to double back on the officer and nearly flipped, she said.

It was then that the pursuing officer got a look at the driver and two other passengers in the vehicle, Wylie said. The officer stopped chasing the truck shortly thereafter, because of the safety hazards involved in the pursuit, and lost sight of the Ranger on northbound San Antonio Road as it crossed over Central Expressway.

The truck was later found by another officer at around 11:30 p.m., parked at the corner of Villa Street and Calderon Avenue, Wylie said. The first officer was called to the scene, identified the driver as the one he had seen earlier in the evening, and the youth was arrested and booked into juvenile hall.

— Nick Veronin

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Posted by ResponsibleParent
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 20, 2010 at 9:19 am

I think it should be explained to this kid that he is really messing up things for other teenagers... The more things like this that happen, the more parents are likely to force restrictions on their children. Kids shouldn't be given responsibility until they've earned it. We don't know enough detail about this particular kid's story to know for sure. But it seems to me that his parents probably weren't watching him as well as they should have and if they are themselves responsible (or are interested in making up for some of their lack of responsibility) they should make it clear to their child how serious this was and that privileges will be taken away as a result.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 20, 2010 at 11:52 am

While I agree with your sentiments, your comment is ironic. I heard that the truck was impounded by RWC PD a week earlier. The 14 year old was driving with his mom in the front seat. Her license was suspended.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Then maybe the Mom should be prosecuted? She is raising her child to be a lawbreaker.

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