A 16-year-old male and a 19-year-old man were arrested by Merced police Thursday night after a high-speed pursuit with officers.
The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. near Glen and Santa Fe avenues, according to Lt. Matt Williams.
An officer had tried to pull over a 1996 Honda Accord, driven by the juvenile, for driving without headlights at about 60 mph. The passenger in the car was Davey Humbert, 19, of Merced.
When the officer tried to pull over the car, however, the juvenile sped away, Williams said.
Officers pursued the Honda, which was reported stolen, down East Bear Creek Drive, where the car was traveling above 100 mph. The juvenile lost control of the car in the area of Bear Creek and Arboleda drives and crashed in an almond orchard.
Rescuers had to extract the juvenile from stolen car because he was pinned in the vehicle. Humbert was taken into custody without incident.
The juvenile, who was already on probation for auto theft, was flown to a Modesto hospital, where he's in stable condition. He is expected to be booked into juvenile hall after his release.
Humbert was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
— Sun-Star staff