13-year-old arrested after stolen vehicle pursuit ends in deadly crash, Elk Grove police call it ‘alarming’

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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A stolen vehicle pursuit left a Sacramento man dead Monday night, the Elk Grove Police Department said. Officers arrested a 13-year-old boy, they said was the driverElk Grove police got a call about a reported stolen Toyota Sienna around 9:18 p.m. on Highway 99 near Grant Line Road. Officers found that vehicle, which was being driven by the teen, on the freeway near Elk Grove Boulevard and tried to stop it.”The alert came when the reported stolen vehicle crossed one of our license plate reader cameras, which then alerted all of our officers that that car was now in our city,” said Sgt. Jason Jimenez.Police said the car did not stop, starting a chase. Officers lost sight of the vehicle when it went into a neighborhood east of Laguna and Franklin boulevards. Officers did not follow the boy into the neighborhood.”During a pursuit, our officers are always evaluating the conditions from traffic, weather the driving behavior of the suspect and making the determination ultimately with the safety of the public in mind,” Jimenez said.The Sienna driver then went westbound on Laguna when it hit a Nissan Rogue, driven by Gregg Umipeg, 55, that was turning into Franklin from eastbound Laguna.That impact caused the Sienna to roll over, police said. Officers gave medical aid to both drivers. Umipeg was sent to a hospital where he later died.Officers took the 13-year-old and booked him into Juvenile Hall on charges including evasion resulting in serious injury or death.”The driver was a 13 year old male and obviously that’s alarming to us when you hear that news,” Jimenez said.The road where the crash happened was closed for several hours before officers reopened it.If this story happened near you or someone you know, share this article with friends in your area using the KCRA mobile app so they know what is happening near them. The KCRA app is available for free in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play.See more coverage of top California stories here.

A stolen vehicle pursuit left a Sacramento man dead Monday night, the Elk Grove Police Department said. Officers arrested a 13-year-old boy, they said was the driver

Elk Grove police got a call about a reported stolen Toyota Sienna around 9:18 p.m. on Highway 99 near Grant Line Road. Officers found that vehicle, which was being driven by the teen, on the freeway near Elk Grove Boulevard and tried to stop it.

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“The alert came when the reported stolen vehicle crossed one of our license plate reader cameras, which then alerted all of our officers that that car was now in our city,” said Sgt. Jason Jimenez.

Police said the car did not stop, starting a chase. Officers lost sight of the vehicle when it went into a neighborhood east of Laguna and Franklin boulevards. Officers did not follow the boy into the neighborhood.

“During a pursuit, our officers are always evaluating the conditions from traffic, weather the driving behavior of the suspect and making the determination ultimately with the safety of the public in mind,” Jimenez said.

The Sienna driver then went westbound on Laguna when it hit a Nissan Rogue, driven by Gregg Umipeg, 55, that was turning into Franklin from eastbound Laguna.

That impact caused the Sienna to roll over, police said. Officers gave medical aid to both drivers. Umipeg was sent to a hospital where he later died.

Officers took the 13-year-old and booked him into Juvenile Hall on charges including evasion resulting in serious injury or death.

“The driver was a 13 year old male and obviously that’s alarming to us when you hear that news,” Jimenez said.

The road where the crash happened was closed for several hours before officers reopened it.

If this story happened near you or someone you know, share this article with friends in your area using the KCRA mobile app so they know what is happening near them. The KCRA app is available for free in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play.

See more coverage of top California stories here.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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