FREETOWN — Freetown Police arrested a juvenile from Brockton Monday after he allegedly stole, and then crashed, a vehicle.

At about 12:30 p.m. on February 1, Freetown Police received a report that a car had just been stolen from a business parking lot. Police say the owner left the vehicle unoccupied with its engine running while going into a restaurant. Responding officers immediately broadcast a description of the stolen vehicle to other area police departments.

A short time later, police say a state trooper in an unmarked cruiser spotted the stolen vehicle traveling north on Route 140. The trooper, joined by an unmarked Freetown Police cruiser, began following the vehicle.

According to police, the driver of the stolen vehicle spotted the cruisers and accelerated to a high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached the Route 24 ramp, state police deployed stop sticks and the vehicle struck a guardrail.

Police then arrested the operator of the stolen vehicle, a 16-year-old male residing in Brockton. He was transported to the Freetown Police station where he was booked on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, and unlicensed operation. He was released to a parent.

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