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Boy, 17, Held in Tanker Joy Ride

June 03, 2004|From aTimes Staff Writer

A 17-year-old runaway allegedly took a joy ride early Wednesday in a stolen diesel tanker truck, driving erratically down Sherman Way in Canoga Park, smashing into at least five cars and leading police on a short chase that came to a crashing halt just inside the gates of exclusive Hidden Hills.

Police said the boy, whose name was not released, had run away from a Van Nuys group home and took the three-axle semi-truck from a city street maintenance yard in North Hollywood.

After several witnesses called, a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car chased the tanker across more than a dozen city blocks about 1 a.m.

The tanker crashed into a wrought-iron gate and a decorative pillar in Hidden Hills, trapping the boy in the cab. He was extricated by the Los Angeles Fire Department and treated at a hospital for a broken leg and other injuries.

Police booked the boy on charges of grand theft auto, evading police, and hit and run.

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