SWANSEA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A Metro-East teenager faces multiple charges after allegedly leading police on a chase in a stolen car, then crashing into a tree.
Police say a Fairview Heights officer tried to stop a silver Chrysler Pacifica around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, then ran the vehicle's registration number and determined it was stolen.
The officer pursued the vehicle southbound on North Illinois Street into Swansea. The car crashed into a tree at the intersection of North Illinois and Ednick Drive, and the driver fled from the area.
According to police, a white Ford Mustang was passing the accident and stopped to help the suspect. Police say the teen then entered the Mustang without permission and asked the driver for a ride. The driver refused, and stopped the car for police.
The suspect was later identified as a 16-year-old male from the Mt. Vernon, Illinois area. He was taken into custody, and placed in a juvenile detention facility pending charges.
On Friday, St. Clair County juvenile officials charged the teen with unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, agravated unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, and reckless driving.
The suspect's name has not been released due to his juvenile status.