Teens run away and crash stolen car in Palo Alto

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Officers arrested a 15-year-old girl and her three teenage passengers after the girl crashed a stolen car into a patrol vehicle and led a police chase in Palo Alto. 

The girl crashed the stolen Kia Rio twice, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

“The investigation revealed that all four occupants were juveniles who had run away from a group home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 8. The vehicle they were in had been reported stolen out of Nye County, Nevada,” PAPD wrote.

The incident began at 2:06 a.m. Thursday, when a patrol officer attempted to pull over the Kia on Ross Road and Nathan Way. 

“As the officer was positioning the patrol car behind the vehicle, its driver immediately attempted to make a U-turn to escape, colliding with the front of the patrol car,” PAPD wrote.

The officer chased the fleeing vehicle until it crashed into a traffic light pole on Alma Street. 

The four teenagers were taken into custody. 

The 15-year-old girl and one of the passengers suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police arrested the driver for felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, and felony possession of stolen property. 

Police also arrested the three male passengers, aged 13-14, for being in a stolen car.

The teens were booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall. Their names were not released because they are minors.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.