Three juveniles were charged with auto theft Sunday in Hanford and the mother of one of them was charged with filing a false police report after she jumped on the hood of the stolen car, police reported.
The incident began about 11 a.m. at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Redington Street in downtown Hanford, where the mother told officers that while looking for her runaway daughter, she had been struck by a car. She provided a license plane number.
Officers spotted the car a short time later at 11th Avenue and Hanford Armona Road and pursued it for several minutes to 11 1/2 Avenue and Tempe Street, where four juveniles ran. They were arrested a short time later. Three were held on auto theft charges and the fourth on charges of resisting arrest.
After reviewing videotape at the restaurant, officers determined that the mother had jumped on the hood of the car in an effort to kick in the windshield.
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