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Juvenile arrested after leading Carbondale police on chase through town in stolen car, which he crashed

A juvenile was arrested early Tuesday after leading Carbondale Police on a chase through town in a stolen car; the chase ended when the suspect crashed the car.

According to a Wednesday news release from Carbondale Police Department, officers on Sunday first investigated the theft of the vehicle from the 800 block of Old Illinois 13. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, Carbondale and SIU police officers located the stolen car in the area of Poplar and Walnut streets.

The driver refused to stop for police and led officers on a chase through town, including through a residential area where the suspect and an officer drove through someone's front yard, police said.

The driver eventually crashed in the 200 block of North Illinois Avenue, and he was arrested. The juvenile suspect was injured in the crash; he was treated at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and released into the custody of the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. The juvenile suspect is charged with aggravated fleeing to elude, possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving.

Deputy Carbondale Police Chief Stan Reno said the suspect drove through the front yard of a private residence during the chase, and a Carbondale officer followed in his squad car. Reno said the officer had difficulty seeing because it was dark, and drove into a ditch in the front yard, which damaged the squad car. Reno said the damage was minor, and repairs are underway. The officer was not injured.

Reno said the suspect vehicle also was damaged when it was driven through the yard, but the suspect continued to drive it until he crashed on North Illinois Avenue.

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