July 20, 2011 in City

Carjacking suspects arrested after fiery crash

 

Four juveniles crashed a stolen car in a high-speed chase with police early today, officials said.

The teenagers are believed to have been involved in a gunpoint carjacking early Tuesday in the 1500 block of East Boone Avenue.

Police were alerted this morning to people in a car brandishing a weapon near East 5th Avenue and South Rebecca Street. Officers pursued the car but backed off when the driver reached speeds of about 70 mph on Freya Street, police said.

Officers lost sight of the vehicle as it crested the hill, “only to come over the top of the hill and see the vehicle crashed into a building and the four suspects fleeing,” according to a police news release.

The car burst into flames. Patrol officers and a K-9 helped tracked the suspects within a half an hour of the crash. None was injured in the crash but two were treated for dog bites at local hospitals.

The suspects, three boys and a girl, were booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention for possession of stolen property. The gun stolen during the carjacking was recovered.

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