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15-year-old crashes stolen car into auto parts store

5:52 PM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A stolen Chrysler PT Cruiser crashed through the front doors of a St. Augustine auto parts store early Friday morning.

The crash occurred around 2 a.m. in the 300 block of S.R. 207 and Old Hastings Road at the CARQUEST Auto Parts store.

Leading up to the crash, deputies with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of car break-ins in the Cypress Links neighborhood around 1:30 a.m., according to Cdr. Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

While deputies were investigating on scene in Cypress Links, a deputy on foot spotted a vehicle approaching. The deputy tried to flag down the vehicle to ask a few questions, but the 15-year-old driver allegedly revved the engine and headed for the deputy, according to Mulligan. The deputy was forced to dive out of the way of the approaching car.

The deputy got into his cruiser and pursued the teen driver out onto S.R. 207.

At some point on S.R. 207, the deputy and the 15-year-old's vehicle collided, Mulligan detailed.

The teen driver later lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the CARQUEST Auto Parts store.

The 15-year-old was taken into custody and transported to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries.

The teen was processed by the SJCSO and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice. The teen is facing charges of grand theft auto, burglary, resisting without violence and violation of probation.

Police have also identified a 13-year-old juvenile suspect, also spotted in a stolen car. The teen was arrested without incident on charges of Grand Theft Auto.

The juvenile led police on a chase in a Ford Explorer down what Mulligan described as a, "wet, muddy trail." Deputies attempted to pursue the suspect on foot.

When deputies caught up with the Explorer, it was abandoned in a wooded area.

While searching for the 13-year-old second suspect, deputies noticed a third vehicle that had been reported stolen on May 30. According to Mulligan, it is believed this is the vehicle the teens used as transportation into the Cypress Links neighborhood.

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