San Diego

Teenager Steals Mom's Car, Flees Police in Skyline Joyride

The teens fled from police on Imperial Avenue, crashing into a tree near Encanto Park

A joyride involving three teenagers -- including a 13-year-old who had stolen his mother's car -- ended with police officers on their tail and the teens slamming into a tree in San Diego’s Skyline area.

The mother of the teenager driving the car had reported her car stolen on Monday afternoon, San Diego Police Department Officer Billy Hernandez said.

The teens were driving westbound on Imperial Avenue near 69th Street in the stolen car at around 4:45 p.m. when officers tried to pull the trio over.

The teenage driver fled, traveling two more blocks before losing control and crashing into a tree on Imperial Avenue at 67th Street, near Encanto Park.

The driver suffered minor injuries, while the rear passenger suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. The third teen was not hurt. Police said alcohol was not a suspected factor in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

The teenage driver was booked into Juvenile Hall. Hernandez said the case will be forwarded to the San Diego District Attorney's office.

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