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Published on December 24, 2023
Juvenile Driver in Custody After Multifaceted Car Chase Ends in Hercules, CaliforniaSource: Facebook/Hercules Police Department

A dramatic car chase through Hercules, California ended with a stolen vehicle disabled and the juvenile driver in custody, authorities reported. The chase unfolded on the afternoon of December 20 when Hercules Police Officers received a notification from a Flock camera system that a stolen gray Hyundai Sonata was spotted in the vicinity of Willow Ave at Sycamore Ave.

According to the Hercules Police Department's Facebook page, an officer saw the Hyundai making a turn onto San Pablo Ave from Sycamore Ave and attempted to stop the vehicle, calling for backup on the radio. In a twist of timing, another officer already in the midst of a separate traffic stop managed to deploy stop sticks effectively. These spike devices punctured three of the Hyundai's tires, seriously hindering the suspect's attempt to keep accelerating away.

The pursuit continued eastbound on State Route 4, but with deflated tires, the Hyundai couldn't maintain its earlier pace. Eventually, the rims gave way under the pressure, and the vehicle started to lose control, swerving erratically and slowing down further. As the chase progressed, an officer performed a traffic break – a maneuver aimed to slow down traffic on the highway to prevent any possible accidents involving other commuters.

The chase took a dangerous turn when the driver, despite the damaged vehicle, tried to make a break for it once more and ended up spinning out, ending up facing west in the eastbound lanes. Undeterred, the driver pushed on only to crash into a patrol car that was stationary with an officer inside. Officers then swiftly moved in and arrested the juvenile without any injuries to the officer or the suspect, who was later checked at a hospital before being transported to juvenile hall, per the Hercules PD.

Following the incident, the damaged Hyundai was towed from the scene.