Florida Teens Arrested for Car Theft After Leading Police on 'High Speed' Chase

Two teens led police officers in Tampa, Florida, on a “high speed” car chase on Sunday, September 24, culminating in their arrest on car theft and other charges, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said in a statement.

According to the HCSO, the suspects, ages 14 and 15, were both charged with grand theft, motor vehicle. The second was also charged with aggravated battery on law enforcement with a deadly weapon and fleeing to elude at high speed.

“Unfortunately, there are individuals in our community who never learned that if something doesn’t belong to them, they shouldn’t touch it,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “This car was left unlocked and running in a driveway, making it easy for these teens to steal.”

Footage released by the HCSO showed the car chase, which started on Interstate 75. “When deputies attempted to pull them over, they refused,” the sheriff’s office said. The teens were ultimately stopped on the Selmon Expressway with help from the Florida Highway Patrol, the HCSO said. Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript

- All right, I got the call it's going to be number one lane northbound, 75.

- So when did you advise blue?

- It's going to be in front of the-- it's the red Toyota RAV4 in front of the blue Sedan. And the number one lane. Correct?

- Correct, SO.

- Well, they just let him up. And he's not stopping. So I guess they are.

- Hey, looks like you're trying to do a road block, guys. If we can get up there and help him out.

- He's driving over the grass.

- He's pinned him. He's pinned him. Guys, blitz coming up there. If we can help him. He just pinned him. He's going to be right by East Franklin.