Arroyo Grande police have arrested a 14-year-old boy after he allegedly made a suspicious post on social media and fled from authorities in a stolen car, police said in a news release Tuesday morning.
On Monday, the boy posted a photo of himself with “what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol” while he was driving a stolen car near Arroyo Grande High School, police said.
Police were told about the stolen car and found a vehicle that matched its description near the intersection of Cienaga Street and Valley Road at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to the release and police Chief Beau Pryor.
Officers tried to stop the car, police said, but the vehicle continued driving and police pursued it.
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During the chase, the driver threw an object that looked like a pistol out of the car’s window, police said. The object was identified as a BB gun.
The car chase “reached unsafe speeds” before it ended, police said. Authorities later found the car parked, with the 14-year-old boy inside, early Monday evening, police said.
The teen was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a stolen vehicle and felony evasion of police, the department said.
Police also said they are aware of an unrelated social media post that was made by a child who is not enrolled in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. That post “came to light” on Tuesday, police said.
“Neither incident was deemed to be a threat to students and staff,” the Police Department said, adding that police conducted a thorough investigation that included an interview with the child.
The incident involving the 14-year-old was not school-related, and “no threats were made to Arroyo Grande High School” as a result of that incident, Lucia Mar Unified School District spokeswoman Amy Jacobs wrote in an email to The Tribune. Since neither incident was considered a threat, school continued as usual.
“We are committed to student safety,” Jacobs wrote in a separate email. “It remains our top priority.”
This story has been updated with more information from the Arroyo Grande Police Department and Lucia Mar Unified School District.