Two teens in police custody after stealing car in Metairie

Two teens in police custody after stealing car in Metairie
(Source: JPSO)

HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - Two New Orleans teenagers are in police custody after allegedly stealing a car in Metairie and leading police on a chase.

A 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were arrested today on charges of possession of stolen property and aggravated flight from an officer  according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office PIO Col. John Fortunato.

The incident started around 2:15 p.m., June 12. A 43-year-old Metairie man stopped to refuel his car at a service station in the 4900 block of Veterans Boulevard when, according to Fortunato, two unidentified black teens jumped into his 2012 Honda Accord and fled the scene.

Soon after, police say a GPS tracking device was activated in the car and showed the Honda stopped in New Orleans East. Several minutes later the vehicle started to move towards the Crescent City Connection bridge on I-10.

Fortunato said that First District officers on the Eastbank shared the GPS information with Second District Officers on the Westbank, alerting them that the stolen vehicle was on its way to Harvey. Police spotted the vehicle on Harvey Boulevard near the Plaquemines Parish line and attempted to stop the car, but it accelerated and led police on a high-speed chase down Peters Road, according to police.

The suspects lost control of the stolen car and crashed it in the 4100 block of Peters Road.

Police immediately apprehended the 14-year-old suspect, according to Fortunato, but the 15-year-old fled the scene, jumping into a nearby canal. Officers from Plaquemines Parish and Louisiana State Police joined the search and the second suspect was located around 4:15 p.m. hiding in the backyard of a home in the 2700 block of Louise in Harvey.

Both suspects are now in police custody and being questioned by detectives.

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