A 17-year-old boy was arrested after authorities say he stole a car from the California Mid-State Fair parking lot and crashed in downtown Paso Robles on Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday afternoon, two California Highway Patrol officers working in front of the fairgrounds heard a man yell that his car was being stolen. The man was pointing to a Pontiac sedan that was being driven out of the fair parking lot, the CHP said.
The officers got into their patrol vehicle and followed the Pontiac, getting directly behind the car near the intersection of 16th and Spring streets.
When the Pontiac’s driver saw the CHP vehicle, he “quickly accelerated” through the intersection and collided with a black Ford Explorer, the CHP said. The driver of the Pontiac continued on into a nearby Bank of America parking lot, then crashed into a retaining wall, the CHP said.
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An unoccupied third car parked in the Bank of America parking lot also was damaged, police said.
Officers arrested the teen on suspicion of multiple offenses, including felony driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 percent, grand theft of a vehicle, felony hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest, the CHP said. He was taken to Juvenile Hall.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, the CHP said. The Paso Robles Police Department is investigating the crash, while the CHP is handling the rest of the investigation.