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Teen crashes in stolen car after Syracuse chase
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Police Lights - file
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SYRACUSE - Police say a teen driving a stolen car led officers on a chase that ended in a crash Saturday evening.

According to a release from Syracuse Police spokesperson Erin Behm, at approximately 5:30 p.m., an alert was given to officers of a possible stolen vehicle out of Duchesne County, and that the car was being driven by a fourteen year old juvenile from Sunset. It was reported that the driver could possibly have a weapon. 

Behm said Syracuse Police received a call from a man who was listening to the police scanner application on his phone and advised dispatch that he was following the car he heard was stolen out of Duchesne County. 

Behm said the man advised police of the location of the vehicle and Syracuse Police attempted to stop the vehicle at 1290 South and 1000 West. 

According to the release, the driver did not respond to the officers signals to stop and led them on a pursuit through the residential area, eventually entering Founders Park where several children were playing.  

Behm said Syracuse Police determined it was too dangerous to continue, and the pursuit was terminated. 

Approximately 5 minutes later, a Davis County Sheriff’s Office deputy located the suspect vehicle and tried to initiate a stop, according to Sergeant Ellis Bruch.

Bruch said the deputy engaged in a short pursuit until the teen driver crashed head-on into a large pick-up truck.

Bruch said neither the boy nor the truck's driver were hurt in the collision, and that officers arrested the boy without incident.

A loaded handgun was discovered inside the car and taken into evidence, according to Bruch, who added that the 14-year-old boy had previously lived in Sunset with his family before moving to the Duchesne area a short time ago.

Bruch did not know the boy's motive for taking the car or how he came into possession of the handgun.

Bruch said that the incident was still under investigation.

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