Six Teens, Including 13-Year-Old Driver, Arrested in Stolen SUV; 2 Pistols Recovered
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A 14-year-old who was supposed to have been on strict home detention as the result of his arrest last week for stealing a MacBook Pro computer was among six teens arrested Tuesday night for traveling in a stolen Ford Edge SUV with semi-automatic pistols.
Juvenile Crime Task Force officers spotted the stolen vehicle traveling on Gallatin Pike. They followed from a distance while devising a plan to stop the SUV. The 13-year-old driver of the Edge refused to pull over for an officer’s blue lights on Neill Avenue. Spike strips were deployed, causing the 13-year-old to slow down and eventually stop at the dead end of S. 6th Street near Fatherland Street. Four of the teens fled and were quickly apprehended. Two others remained with the vehicle, in which officers found the two loaded pistols.
The six teenagers, three 13-year-olds, two 14-year-olds, and one 15-year-old, are all charged with auto theft and two counts each of unlawful gun possession by a juvenile.
Officers attempted to make contact with the 14-year-old’s mother to determine why he was not abiding by the home detention rules. She could not be located.
The 2013 Ford Edge was stolen from the 300 block of Broadway at 6 p.m. Tuesday after its owner left it running as he ran into a business.