Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Two 17-year-olds who led police on a pursuit in a stolen Nissan Sentra were arrested Wednesday when the driver crashed the car on a freeway exit, police said.

Just before 4 a.m., a Garden Grove officer spotted a stolen gray 1992 Nissan Sentra and tried to stop it, Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer said.

The driver, a probationer who told police he had cut off a GPS anklet, refused to pull over, triggering a pursuit on westbound Garden Grove Boulevard, then north on Knott Avenue to the 91 Freeway, Stauffer said.

As the Nissan pulled away from a Garden Grove officer, Buena Park and La Palma officers joined the chase, Stauffer said.

As the stolen car approached Carmenita on the freeway, the driver tried to exit and lost control, causing the Nissan to roll over, Stauffer said.

The two teenagers, both from Anaheim, got out and ran away, but police caught them a short distance away, Stauffer said. Their names were being withheld because they are juveniles. Both were taken to a hospital to be checked out.

The driver was on probation and was supposed to be wearing a GPS device, but he allegedly cut it off his ankle some time ago, Stauffer said.

The suspects were seen earlier looking into vehicles earlier today, but they were shooed away by a hotel security guard, he said.

Both were expected to be booked on suspicion of auto theft and evading police, Stauffer said.

City News Service

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