Police in Takoma Park say a Hyattsville teen faces several charges in connection with an auto theft that occurred early Sunday morning.
Officers responded just before 1 a.m. Sunday to the 7100 block of Holly Ave. for a report of a stolen vehicle, according to police spokesperson Cathy Plevy. The officers observed a vehicle driving away at a high rate of speed while the stolen vehicle was being driven behind it. The officers attempted to stop both vehicles without success. The vehicles split up at Maple Ave. and Erie Ave., with the vehicle in front turning onto Erie Ave. towards Flower Ave. The officers continued to monitor the stolen vehicle.
Near the intersection of Maple Ave. and Kennebec Ave., the driver of the stolen automobile lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway onto a tree stump.
When the suspect was arrested, he was identified, and a search revealed items of evidentiary value that were indicative of tools used to jump-start automobiles. The victim was notified, and a lookout for the other vehicle was provided to surrounding jurisdictions.
The driver of the vehicle, a 15-year-old male from Hyattsville, was charged with auto theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and several other traffic offenses. The teen was released into the custody of his parents, Plevy said.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Takoma Park Police at (301) 270-1100.
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