Teenage auto theft suspects charged following police chase

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Two juveniles are facing a total of 16 charges after stealing a car and then refusing to stop for authorities, Memphis Police said Wednesday morning.

According to an MPD report, two men, ages 16 and 17, stole a silver Acura from the driveway of a Parkway Village home Monday.

The owner told police he started his car to warm it up and left it outside for a few minutes. When he went back outside, it was gone.

According to authorities, they spotted the stolen car in the parking lot of Bass Pro Tuesday afternoon. When they went to stop the vehicle, the driver, 16, and his passenger, 17, refused to stop. The car ran a red light at N. Second Street and Jefferson Avenue, hit another car, then struck a building at 147 Jefferson, officials said.

Then, the suspects jumped out of the stolen car and took off on foot. They were eventually taken into custody, police said.

Both are facing a long list of charges including car theft, unlawful possession of a weapon, marijuana possession, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, evading arrest and auto theft.

Police said they found a gun and marijuana in the car.

The driver was also charged with evading arrest in a vehicle, reckless driving, not having a drivers license and not having insurance.

The victims who were hit by the teens are expected to be okay.

Meanwhile, police said one of their officers on Riverside Drive mistakenly went after a car he thought was the stolen vehicle. The officer's car ended up hitting another police vehicle. Both officers were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition and later released. The officer who went after the wrong car was cited for a traffic violation, police said.