ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- The St. John's County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a car that slammed through an auto parts shop in St. Augustine early Friday morning.
Police say they received a call from a victim at 1:30 a.m. who reported a burglary in progress at a home on Golf Ridge Drive. The victim told police he saw a teen inside his van and scared him away by setting off the car's alarm with the panic button on his remote.
Police responded to the scene and stopped two vehicles believed to have been stolen from the area. They say both cars tried to speed away. According to deputies, the driver in a 2002 Chrysler P.T. Cruiser led police on a chase east on S.R. 207. As the car approached S.R. 313, deputies say the driver intentionally hit a patrol car and sped away. While trying to escape in the stolen vehicle, rammed into a SJCSO patrol vehicle, then slammed through the wall at Car Quest Auto Parts off of State Route 207.
A 15-year-old was taken to the hospital and is now in the custody of the St. Johns County sheriff. He is charged with fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and driving without a license.
The second vehicle, a 2004 Ford Explorer, driven by the 13-year old, was last seen driving into a wooded area east of Golf Ridge Dr.
Deputies later found the Ford Explorer about a mile into the woods. They say the Explorer was found to be stolen from a residence in the 5300 block of Cypress Links Blvd.
Police are still actively looking for the 13-year-old believed to be involved in the incident.
This is the third incident of minors stealing and wrecking vehicles Action News has covered in several months. Police say it's a growing problem.
"Juvenile crime is certainly an issue in St. John's County and I think in all the surrounding counties as well," said SJCSO
spokesperson Chuck Mulligan. "We do have a lot of young people out doing these things at 2 and 3 a.m."