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Teen leads officers on car chase through town, rams police cars
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Suspicious behavior led to a nine-minute police chase through the streets of Turlock Wednesday morning after a 17-year-old tried to outrun the police.

At 5:02 a.m. the teen was spotted driving on the wrong side of Venture Lane near S. Walnut Road with no headlights, said Turlock Police Lt. Ron Reid. The 17-year-old was driving a Honda Civic with a compact car following closely behind.

As the officer pulled behind the two cars, the compact car turned onto a side road and the officer continued to pursue the Civic. The driver started to drive in the far left lane as he turned on his emergency lights.

The driver didn’t stop and instead accelerated up to 65 mph, Reid said. The teen ran stop signs and drove on the sidewalks during the chase.

A 17-year-old passenger in the Civic, who has a warrant out for his arrest, was flipping the police off during the pursuit.  

Officers were led through Monte Vista Avenue and Christoffersen Parkway during the chase, ending in the 3100 block of Kellogg Avenue near California State University, Stanislaus, he said.

The pursuit ended after the teen struck the curb of the sidewalk disabling the car, Reid said. The car continued to accelerate but was unable to move.  

As officers surrounded the car, the driver collided with a parked police car with the officer still inside, Reid said. Two other patrol cars were rammed as the teen tried to get away.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, Reid said. He was also an unlicensed driver.  

The passenger was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest.

Both were booked at the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall.

No one was hurt during the incident and the three patrol cars were slightly damaged.    

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