News Update!!: Needles, CA: Police pursuit of a teenage male in a stolen vehicle ends in crash.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station has just released a press release of the police pursuit in Needles, California that was captured on ZachNews on the morning of Thursday, March 15th, 2018.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at 4:15am PT, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station received a 911 call from an employee of the Roadway Inn Hotel in Needles, California reporting they left the vehicle running in front of the hotel while they entered the lobby to gather a guest’s luggage.
While away from the van, a Hispanic male entered the courtesy van and drove rapidly away from the hotel.
The responding deputies located the van and attempted to initiate a traffic stop as it left the area of the hotel.
The driver of the van, later identified as a 17 year old male from Moreno Valley, California, refused to yield to t he deputies and led them on a high speed police pursuit throughout Needles, California and eventually onto the eastbound Interstate 40.
As seen in the video above, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was going to check out a haystack fire that was burning when police sirens and the sound of something scraping was heard in the distance, and within a few seconds, a vehicle speeds by a block away heading eastbound along Erin Drive at Orange Avenue in Needles, California with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicles in pursuit.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, the driver of the stolen van reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on the Interstate 40 and nearly collided with an uninvolved motorist.
The driver of the van drove into the center median, near the Park Moabi Road off-ramp, and collided with the steep dirt embankment causing the vehicle to jump the hill and overturn, landing on its roof.
The juvenile was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was transported by medical personnel to the hospital for medical treatment.
The juvenile was charged with vehicle theft and evading a peace officer and was released to his parents at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The juvenile was issued a notice to appear in San Bernardino County Juvenile Court.
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