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Five Norwalk teens arrested after police chase

February 5, 2009 |  9:38 am

Five Norwalk teenagers from 13 to 15 years old were in custody this morning after leading officers on a chase in a stolen car, authorities said.

A red Chevrolet Cavalier reported stolen Wednesday night near Paddison Avenue and Sproul Street in Norwalk was spotted about 45 minutes later by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, said Sgt. Douglas Jensen of the Norwalk station.

“The car continued to drive and got on the northbound 5 Freeway from Pioneer Boulevard, at which time the deputies attempted to stop the vehicle by turning on their lights and siren,” Jensen said. “The driver failed to yield, ultimately causing deputies to go into pursuit.”

Jensen said the chase, assisted by California Highway Patrol officers, began about 12:15 a.m. today and continued for less than an hour, with the Cavalier staying under posted speed limits. The pursuit ended in the City of Industry near Arenth and Ajax avenues.

Deputies did not know the occupants were underage until they got out of the the car, Jensen said.

All five teenagers -- three boys and two girls, including the 13-year-old male driver -- were either on probation or had outstanding arrest warrants. They were charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. No injuries were reported.

-- Corina Knoll