Location: 23000 block of Ave. 197 in Strathmore

Incident Date: 12/3/19

Case Number: 19-08161

City: Strathmore/Porterville

Posted by: Media Relation

13-Year-Old Boy & Friend Steal Car, Lead Deputies on a Chase & Crash Into Power Pole

Just before 1:30 a.m. on 12/03/2019, TCSO Deputies were called to the 23000 block of Ave. 197 in Strathmore for a stolen vehicle.

While responding, Deputies found the car, a 2012 white Chrysler 300, heading at a high rate of speed westbound on Ave. 196 in Strathmore. Deputies then followed the stolen car as it made a turn at the intersection of Ave.184 and Road 196 in Porterville. The car was still traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit a power pole and overturned. Two teen boys got out the car. The 13-year-old driver was caught and the passenger ran off. The 13-year-old was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felony Failure to Yield and Felony Vandalism. The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at #559-725-4194.