The juveniles were arrested after they rammed a truck into two Redding police cars
Two Orland juveniles were arrested early Wednesday morning after authorities said one of them intentionally rammed two Redding police vehicles while the pair tried to evade arrest in the stolen truck driven by one of the juveniles.
One police officer suffered minor injuries, police said.
One of the juveniles, who was a passenger in the truck, was treated at a local hospital for his injuries.
The driver was arrested on various charges including vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon against police officers and hit and run, according to a news release posted by the Redding Police Department on Facebook.
Both juveniles were on probation in Glynn County for assault with a firearm, police said.
At approximately 5 a.m. Wednesday, a man called Shasta County emergency dispatchers to report that his Chevrolet Duramax truck with a flatbed trailer had been stolen from his home in the 2600 block of Wilson Street in Redding.
The man was able to tell authorities where he believed the truck was, and when police arrived, they attempted to stop traffic. But police said the two juveniles sped away in the truck.
The truck collided with a parked vehicle before police attempted to use spike tape to puncture the truck’s tyres.
That’s when the juvenile driver attempted to swerve the truck toward an officer who was standing outside his police cruiser, police said.
The truck continued to the south end of Henderson Road in Redding, where the driver of the truck collided with a police sedan and an SUV, causing significant damage to the vehicles and sustaining minor injuries to one officer, a police news release said.
The truck hit the fence and stopped. One of the juveniles got out and began running before being arrested with the assistance of a Duke police K-9, police said.
The driver jumped into a pond before he was arrested with the assistance of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.
The police did not announce the names or ages of the juveniles.
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