TEEN LEADS PO­LICE ON CHASE

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY GABBY FER­REIRA gfer­[email protected]­bune­news.com Gabby Fer­reira: 805-781-7858, @It­s_Gab­byF

Ar­royo Grande po­lice have ar­rested a 14-yearold boy after he al­legedly made a sus­pi­cious post on so­cial me­dia and fled from au­thor­i­ties in a stolen car, po­lice said in a news re­lease Tues­day morn­ing.

On Mon­day, the boy posted a photo of him­self with “what ap­peared to be a semi-au­to­matic pis­tol” while he was driv­ing a stolen car near Ar­royo Grande High School, po­lice said.

Po­lice were told about the stolen car and found a ve­hi­cle that matched its de­scrip­tion near the in­ter­sec­tion of Cien­aga Street and Val­ley Road at about 11:30 a.m. Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease and po­lice Chief Beau Pryor.

Of­fi­cers tried to stop the car, po­lice said, but the ve­hi­cle con­tin­ued driv­ing and po­lice pur­sued it.

Dur­ing the chase, the driver threw an ob­ject that looked like a pis­tol out of the car’s win­dow, po­lice said. The ob­ject was iden­ti­fied as a BB gun.

The car chase “reached un­safe speeds” be­fore it ended, po­lice said. Au­thor­i­ties later found the car parked, with the 14year-old boy in­side, early Mon­day evening, po­lice said.

The teen was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of felony pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle and felony eva­sion of po­lice, the de­part­ment said.

Po­lice also said they are aware of an un­re­lated so­cial me­dia post that was made by a child who is not en­rolled in the Lu­cia Mar Uni­fied School District. That post “came to light” on Tues­day, po­lice said.

“Nei­ther in­ci­dent was deemed to be a threat to stu­dents and staff,” the Po­lice De­part­ment said, adding that po­lice con­ducted a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion that in­cluded an in­ter­view with the child.

The in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the 14-year-old was not school-re­lated, and “no threats were made to Ar­royo Grande High School” as a re­sult of that in­ci­dent, Lu­cia Mar Uni­fied School District spokes­woman Amy Ja­cobs wrote in an email to The Tri­bune. Since nei­ther in­ci­dent was con­sid­ered a threat, school con­tin­ued as usual.

“We are com­mit­ted to stu­dent safety,” Ja­cobs wrote in a sep­a­rate email. “It re­mains our top pri­or­ity.”

THE IN­CI­DENT IN­VOLV­ING THE 14-YEAR-OLD WAS NOT SCHOOL-RE­LATED.

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