Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies were led on a high-speed pursuit on Wednesday afternoon in Santa Maria.
Deputies arrested five juveniles for possession of a stolen vehicle, evading arrest, shoplifting, minors in possession of alcohol and resisting arrest.
They were only able to take four out of five juveniles into custody.
The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. on the 3300 block of Orcutt Road.
A deputy in the area was alerted to a theft that had just occurred at Spencer’s Fresh Market.
The reporting party pointed to a white Chevy Tahoe leaving the parking lot and explained that the occupants had stolen alcohol from the store.
The deputy attempted to stop the Tahoe but it drove away at high speeds in attempt to evade the patrol car.
The Tahoe sped away from the area and turned onto Highway 135 driving over 85 mph as it approached traffic in a typically congested area.
Deputies called off the chase in the interest of public safety.
After the pursuit was terminated, the vehicle continued to drive at a high rate of speed before eventually crashing at the intersection of South Broadway and East McCoy Lane.
Deputies responded to the scene as the juveniles were fleeing the vehicle.
Santa Maria Police officers assisted and were able to take into custody four out of five occupants of the vehicle.
It was determined that the Tahoe was stolen and hour prior in Santa Maria.
The alcohol that was stolen from Spencer’s Fresh Market was recovered in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was a 15-year-old male.
He was arrested for felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, shoplifting, minor in possession of alcohol, resisting arrest and driving without a license.
A 15-year-old female passenger was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, shoplifting, minor in poses sion of alcohol, and revisiting arrest.
She is booked into Juvenile Hall.
A 14-year-old female passenger was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, shoplifting, minor in possession of alcohol and resisting arrest.
She was released to the custody of her parents.
The fifth juvenile is still outstanding.
The Santa Maria Police Department will be in charge of investigating the stolen vehicle along with the crash.
The investigation is on-going and investigators have leads as to the identity and whereabouts of the last juvenile.