Juvenile Endangers Public In Pursuit

On May 31, 2014, at 1746 approximately 1740 hours, Syracuse Police were in pursuit of a vehicle that had been reportedly taken without permission.  The driver had also reportedly brandished a handgun at another motorist, who then called 911.  During the pursuit, the suspect hit a deputy’s vehicle-with minor damage sustained to the patrol vehicle, and the suspect continued evading.  When it was reported that the suspect had driven through a park crowded with children and families, and due to the reckless nature of the pursuit, the pursuit was terminated by Syracuse PD.  

 

Not long afterward, a Davis County Deputy observed the suspect vehicle driving backward, away from the children in the park.  The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, and the suspect once again, fled from law enforcement.  Spike strips were placed, but the suspect took another route.  The suspect made another turn toward the direction of the park and the deputy was in the process of terminating the pursuit, when the suspect crashed head-on into a pickup truck.  The deputy arrived and was able to safely take the suspect into custody.  The deputy observed a handgun next to the driver’s seat, as the suspect exited the vehicle.  

 

The suspect was a 14-year-old male from Sunset, and reportedly admitted he stole the vehicle from his grandmother.  The handgun was a fully loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic, was apparently stolen by the suspect from his grandfather.  Fortunately, there were no injuries.  The suspect was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance prior to being taken to juvenile detention. He was booked into Farmington Bay on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm, evading and driving without a license. 

 

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