Police: Teen car thief suspect arrested

March 7, 2012 11:09:07 AM PST
Friendswood police have arrested a teen they believe is a car thief.

A 16-year-old League City boy was charged with evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle after he led Friendswood officers in a vehicle pursuit in a stolen vehicle. The situation began when two Friendswood officers were on a traffic stop in the 3200 block of W. Bay Area Blvd at around 2:47am on March 6.

The officer noticed that a white GMC Sierra pick up was driving erratically toward them. As the vehicle passed, the officer noticed that the passenger side back rim was sparking. One of the officers left the traffic stop and attempted to stop the erratic driver. The officer initiated his overhead lights and siren; however, the vehicle did not stop.

Instead, police say the driver tried to evade officers and appeared to be having difficulty controlling the vehicle. At one point during the pursuit, the driver narrowly missed striking the concrete barrier on top of the Clear Creek Bridge. The driver then made an abrupt turn, causing the driver to lose control, hit a fire hydrant and landed in the front yard of a home in the 100 block of Alderwood Street in League City.

Police say the 16-year-old driver got out of the truck and started running. An officer chased after him and he was caught at the intersection of Alderwood and Bay Area Blvd.

The officers searched the boy's pockets and reportedly found a wallet with a driver's license that did not belong to him. A short time later, officers realized that the vehicle was stolen from a residence in the 6200 block of Brookdale and the wallet, along with other items, were stolen during vehicle burglaries in the same area.

The League City Police Department will be continuing the investigation into the stolen vehicle and motor vehicle burglaries in its jurisdiction. The 16-year-old suspect was turned over to Harris County juvenile authorities and he will likely face additional charges in Galveston County.