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13-year-old arrested after crashing stolen car

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

A 13-year-old boy was detained early in the morning of January 24 after crashing a stolen car near the intersection of E. University Avenue and SE Hawthorne Road.

A Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer reported that he saw the car traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on SE Hawthorne Road at about 3:00 a.m., approaching the intersection with E. University Avenue. Just before that, Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies had terminated their pursuit of the car when it accelerated away from an attempted traffic stop. The GPD officer turned his patrol car around to pursue the car and saw it crash at 1340 E. University Avenue. The car struck a road sign, dislodged a water main, broke two sections of a raised curb, struck the business sign of Hook Seafood, struck a fence, and hit a BBQ trailer.

The officer saw a boy and a girl, later identified as 13-year-old juveniles, running from the car. After being ordered to stop, the two continued running. They were detained after a brief foot chase.

The boy invoked his fifth amendment right but said he was not driving. The girl said both their cell phones were in the car and described the boy’s cell phone but denied being inside the car. She also reported a possible head injury that was consistent with damage to the passenger side of the windshield.

The car had been reported stolen from Flagler County just after midnight on the same date.

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The boy, a student at Lincoln Middle School, has been charged with grand theft auto, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, and resisting an officer without violence. A misdemeanor sworn complaint was filed against the girl for resisting an officer without violence.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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