Five teens arrested after eluding police in a stolen vehicle in Northeast Vancouver

Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office

Juveniles had eluded law enforcement multiple times in the past two days

Five juveniles were detained from a stolen vehicle without incident Friday after eluding law enforcement for two days.

On Wednesday (Jan. 31) at about 7:31 p.m., Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies were advised a stolen white 2017 Hyundai Elantra was being followed by the owner/victim southbound on NE 117th Avenue in the Orchards area. 

The owner/victim reported to dispatch that the driver of the stolen vehicle pointed a gun at him at one point while he was following it. The owner/victim then discontinued following the stolen vehicle. In the ensuing 30 hours, the Hyundai was spotted by law enforcement multiple times, and it eluded each time.

Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office

During the early morning hours Friday (Feb. 2), after eluding law enforcement just a few hours prior, the Hyundai was located again driving near NE 49th St. and NE 112th Ave. A deputy attempted a traffic stop and activated emergency lights and sirens as the Hyundai turned south on NE 121st Avenue from NE Fourth Plain Boulevard. 

The Hyundai began to accelerate and drive recklessly, eluding law enforcement southbound on NE 121st Avenue. CCSO deputies successfully deployed spike strips on the Hyundai on NE 122nd Avenue just north of NE 49th Street. 

The vehicle continued to drive on multiple flat tires. Tire remnants and vehicle parts were spread along eastbound NE 49th Street, southbound NE 151st Avenue, and eastbound NE 39th Street. Vancouver Police spotted the Hyundai at NE 162nd Avenue and NE 39th Street and continued to follow it until it came to rest in the front yard of a residence in the 1000 block of NE 164th Ave.

Deputies arrested the 16-year-old driver of the Hyundai and transported him to Juvenile Detention for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude a Police Vehicle, and Reckless Driving. Deputies also arrested four other teenage passengers, ages 17, 14, 14, and 13, and transported them to Juvenile Detention on charges of Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Permission Second Degree. One of the 14-year-olds and the 13-year-old had previously been reported as juvenile runaways. 

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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