Officers with the California Highway Patrol thought they were chasing a drunk driver, but it turned out to be a 14-year-old boy with his friends joyriding on the streets of Northeast Fresno, according to California Highway Patrol Sergeant Manuel Peregrina.
CHP officers received a call about a possible drunk driver at 8:32 p.m. Saturday in the area of Highway 180 and Freeway 41.
The caller who reported the incident stayed behind the driver until a CHP officer could take over. The officer tried stopping the 14-year-old at Clinton and Marks, but the driver kept going, according to Peregrina.
A CHP officer chased him eastbound Clinton, said Peregrina. The 14-year-old was going about 60 miles an hour and blew a stop sign at Valentine, according to CHP. Officers discontinued the chase at that point.
CHP’s helicopter, Air 43 followed the vehicle for 30 minutes throughout Northeast Fresno. The driver randomly stopped at lights and sometimes blew stop signs, according to Peregrina.
Officers don’t believe the driver knew he was being followed.
The 14-year-old eventually stopped at Fairmont and Feland, where he hopped a fence and ran toward the Towne Square Shopping Center, according to Peregrina.
The three passengers, who ranged in age from 15 to 16-years-old, all gave up.
The 14-year-old driver was arrested for felony evading, driving unlicensed, and resisting arrest.
His passengers were turned over to parents.
The CHP was still trying to get in contact with the driver’s parents to find out how he got access to their car.