MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three teenagers are facing multiple charges after officers said they tried to run away during a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle.

Officers conducted the traffic stop Wednesday afternoon after discovering a car without a license plate near Ptarmigan Trail and Wildflower Lane in Northeast Memphis.

When the vehicle stopped, officers said the three teens, a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds ran from the vehicle and led police on a foot chase. All three suspects were soon captured and taken into custody.

The car, a Dodge Charger, was discovered to be stolen after officers check the VIN number. Police also found five pistols and a backpack filled with key FOBs. Three of the five pistols were also stolen, according to MPD.

Officers later conducted a search at one of the teenagers’ homes and found two pistols and multiple magazines.

Terry Adams lives in the neighborhood and says the situation breaks his heart. He spends a lot of time mentoring young men, teaching them useful skills to keep them on an honest path. 

“Take a hammer and a board and find out what it takes to drive a nail in it,” Adams said. “If you have a skill you’re worth something. If you’re just going to be a gangbanger or a problem child, unfortunately, your worth goes down.”

He hopes the teens in this case can turn their lives around. They’re all charged with several things including theft and unlawful possession of a weapon.

“We’re hoping this happens with those three young people. They’ll see that they’ve screwed up,” Adams said. “Hopefully, they’ll get a chance to change that, work through and be a better person.”

The 16-year-old was charged with prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, and four counts of theft of property.

One of the 17-year-olds was charged with evading arrest, prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, vandalism and four counts of theft of property.

The third teen was charged with prohibited weapon, seven counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, and four counts of theft of property.