An early morning pursuit led to the arrest of an El Centro juvenile driving a stolen car.
According to ECPD Commander Robert Sawyer , at 3:49 A.M. Friday , Officer Antonio Cruz took a report of a car stolen in the 1700 block of Wensley Avenue in El Centro. The reporting party told the officer that he heard what sounded like two vehicles speeding away from the area. When he went out side he noticed that his Toyota Scion was stolen from the driveway and told officers that he saw a light-colored Jeep Liberty leaving the area.
At 5:14 A.M. that morning , Officers Lisa Diaz and Francisco Munoz were patrolling eastbound in the 200 block East Orange Avenue when they noticed two vehicles that appeared to be racing. When the officers attempted to stop the vehicles near Orange Avenue and Dogwood Road , both vehicles fled southbound on Dogwood. The officers noticed that one of the cars appeared to be the stolen Scion that was reported earlier. The driver of the Scion lost control of the car and crashed into a fire hydrant and palm tree near Dogwood and Holt. The Jeep fled the scene.
As officers approached the Scion , the driver attempted to run westbound on Holt but was detained following a short foot pursuit. The driver , a minor who lives in El Centro , was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center after complaining a pain to his head and abdomen. He was treated and then booked at Imperial County Juvenile Hall and charged with felony possession of stolen property.