TEEN LEADS POLICE ON CHASE
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.