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.
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.