A 14-year-old boy from San Pablo is facing more than a grounding from his parents after leading police on a wild pursuit in a stolen car Monday afternoon that began with a hit-and-run crash in Hercules, police said.
During the chase, which traversed city streets and Interstate Highway 80, the boy, who had been reported by his mother as a runaway on Sunday, is suspected of several hit-and-run crashes. The first was at the Lucky Supermarket parking lot in Hercules, the second involved a street sign, bushes and fire hydrant on Country Run and the third impacted another vehicle and a sign on Sycamore Avenue.
The boy also recklessly sped 100 mph on Interstate Highway 80 during the pursuit, police said.
The incident unfolded about 12:21 p.m. at the Lucky Supermarket at 1590 Sycamore Ave. in Hercules, when police received reports of a hit-and-run crash involving a white Toyota Camry. The Camry had been reported stolen to Pinole police earlier that day.
Police soon learned the Camry was headed south of Refugio Valley Road. An officer followed the vehicle onto Country Run, where the suspect struck a street sign, bushes and a fire hydrant, police said. A second officer set up stop sticks at the point where Country Run exits to Refugio Valley Road, but the boy managed to avoid them by driving onto the curb, police said.
The pursuit continued on Refugio Valley Road to Sycamore Avenue, where the suspect collided with another vehicle then drove up and over the center island on Sycamore Avenue at Willow Avenue, knocking over a sign. He then went west on Sycamore, then right on San Pablo Avenue before entering westbound Interstate Highway 80, where he reached speeds of up to 100 mph while recklessly changing lanes, police said.
The driver finally exited I-80 at Richmond Parkway and Fitzgerald Drive, where he crashed into a concrete center divider and fled the vehicle on foot. Despite jumping over the center divider and fleeing to a hillside, a police perimeter was set up with help from a Pinole police K-9 unit and the boy was found hiding in bushes nearby. He surrendered without further incident, police said.
The Camry’s owner later positively identified the boy as the person who stole his car, police said.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, auto theft, evading arrest and three counts of hit-and-run and taken to juvenile hall.