Crime Report

A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody early Monday after leading police on a high-speed chase through Manhattan Beach in a stolen Toyota Prius, authorities said.

An automated license-plate recognition camera detected the Prius traveling southbound on Aviation Boulevard from Rosecrans Avenue about 1:25 a.m., Sgt. Tim Zins said.

Officers attempted to pull over the Prius on Highland Avenue, then the driver took off and led them on a chase that lasted about 15 minutes, he said.

Police backed off of the vehicle near 27th Street and Elm Avenue.

“The suspect was traveling at 50 miles per hour and running stop signs, so they backed off due to the high speeds,” Zins said.

A short time later, officers found the Prius abandoned in the 1800 block of Oak Avenue, Zins said, then they spotted the suspect walking just south on Oak and apprehended him.

“Apparently he pulled over when he saw the officers back off the pursuit and got out and tried to make a run for it,” Zins said.

The suspect, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was booked into Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, possessing stolen property from the vehicle and evading police, Zins said.

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