Teen Faces Multiple Charges After Chase In Stolen Car In Merced

(Photo Courtesy: Merced PD)

MERCED, Calif. (KMJ) — A teen suspect was booked into juvenile hall after police say they were caught driving a stolen vehicle in Merced.

Merced Police Department says an officer spotted a stolen vehicle Wednesday around 2:30 a.m. near 3rd and S Streets.

When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, however, the driver took off and led the officer on a chase before crashing into a freeway embankment near 13th and S Street.

An Officer walked up to the vehicle and found it empty. They did find a loaded 9mm ghost gun just outside the car and the driver hiding in bushes about 20 yards away.

(Photo Courtesy: Merced PD)

Investigators say the driver is 17 years old and now faces multiple charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, illegal weapons, pursuit, and gang enhancements.