Teen arrested after eluding police, crashing SUV

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A 17-year-old male was taken to Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center in Williamsburg after he eluded police in York County Feb. 3 (file photo)

A 17-year-old male was taken to Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center in Williamsburg after he eluded police in York County Feb. 3, police say.

A York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputy was on patrol on Old York-Hampton Highway around 8 p.m. when what looked like a black Ford Explorer passed him going 53 mph in a 35 mph zone, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dennis Ivey said.

The officer turned on his lights and attempted to pull over the vehicle, which proceeded to evade police, Ivey said. The officer was able to catch up to vehicle at least once, but the driver did not pull over.

The vehicle eventually crashed into a tree and flipped onto its passenger side in a ditch near the intersection of Harrod Road and Old York-Hampton Highway, Ivey said.

The deputy exited his vehicle and called paramedics, although the driver was able to exit the vehicle on his own.

The teen had minor injuries and was placed into custody of the sheriff’s office, Ivey said.

Police took the teen to the Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center and contacted the juvenile court. A petition has been filed against the teen in juvenile court for speeding and eluding police, Ivey said.