A Hanford boy and three girls are under arrest after they allegedly stole a vehicle on the Fourth of July and took it on a joyride that ended in a high-speed chase and crash.
About 3:40 p.m., a man left his vehicle running at Northpoint Chevron at 11th and Fargo avenues in Hanford while he went inside.
He came out and found the vehicle was gone, as were a group of teens who had been standing near the parking lot, he told police.
Officers spotted the vehicle heading south on Highway 43. Police and a Kings County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop it but the driver accelerated to 100 mph.
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He turned east on Grangeville Avenue and drove faster than 100 mph, police said. He tried to turn south on 7th Avenue but lost control and hit a home at the southeast corner.
The 17-year-old driver, whose name was not released because of his age, was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, felony evading, felony hit and run and child endangerment.
Three girls – ages 17, 14 and 13 – were arrested on charges of conspiracy and vehicle theft.