A 17-year-old boy is facing several criminal charges after a carjacking in Delhi Monday night.
The teen’s arrest came after he crashed the car and led Merced County Sheriff Deputies on a foot pursuit.
Around 9:45 p.m. Monday the sheriff’s department received a report of a carjacking that had just taken place in the area of Mediterranean Avenue and King Street in Delhi.
Within a few minutes of the report Deputy Kao Ly spotted the 1999 green Honda Accord and attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the 17-year-old refused to comply with the deputy’s orders and sped away towards the highway.
The teen lost control of the car and crashed near Highway 99 and Bradbury Road, according to the sheriff’s department.
The teen fled the crash scene on foot, prompting deputies to set up a perimeter around the area and begin a focused search in the neighborhoods. Deputies Tim Goncalves and Damian Sparks found the suspect in the yard of a nearby residence and took him into custody. Near the location of the arrest deputies found a pistol.
The arrest came on the first night of a new shift the sheriff’s office is implementing that strives to put more deputies on patrol during certain peak hours for calls.
“We were fortunate enough to have the man power and boots on the ground that took quick action and was able to take the bad guy into custody,” said Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke.