15-year-old arrested after high-speed chase

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comNovember 12, 2012 

— Atwater police arrested a 15-year-old boy after he led police on a high-speed chase Saturday, Lt. Sam Joseph reported Monday.

A white Mitsubishi Eclipse was first spotted driving westbound on Olive Avenue at 65 mph in a 35 mph zone, while pedestrians were nearby, Joseph said.

The car did not pull over when police tried to make a traffic stop Saturday night, he said. Instead, the vehicle entered an apartment complex parking lot in the 2700 block of Olive Avenue before turning around and heading eastbound on Olive at a high rate of speed.

During the pursuit, an officer was able to note the car's license plate number.

The car spun out of control at Olive Avenue and Bellevue Road, but did not hit anything, police reported.

After a brief pause, the driver took off again, but the chase came to an end after the car drove into an orchard, prompting officers to call off the pursuit.

Later Saturday, police received an anonymous call notifying them that the car they had been chasing pulled into a garage at a home in the 1100 block of Mary Ann Circle.

Officers arrived at the residence, but the people inside refused to open the door, Joseph said. A short time later, a woman -- identified as the boy's mother -- came to the door. She said that she owned the white Mitsubishi Eclipse, which was parked in the garage, Joseph said.

The 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, evading a police officer with disregard for safety and driving without a valid driver's license.

He was booked at the Merced County Juvenile Hall and the car was impounded.

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