VISTA, Calif. - A 13-year-old boy is under arrest Monday after he led deputies on a short vehicle pursuit that ended in a fiery crash in Vista.
No one was seriously hurt in the crash, authorities said.
A deputy spotted the boy driving a car without its headlights at North Santa Fe Avenue and Bobier Drive shortly before 1:30 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Clayton Lisk.
The boy refused to pull over and was pursued for about a block before he crashed into some shrubbery on the side of the road at Bobier Drive and Kiva Lane, Lisk said.
Deputies pulled the boy out of the car, which had caught fire, he said. The boy complained of pain and was taken to an area hospital to be checked. Lisk said the boy was quickly cleared of any medical concerns and taken to Juvenile Hall.
10News ran the license plate and tracked down the car owner, Monique Torres.
Torres told 10News her car had been parked on the street Friday night, but when she went out to go to work Saturday morning, it was gone.
"I was up like around midnight or one," Torres said. "I heard a car chase going around with the sirens and the police cars."
She was within earshot because the pursuit was less than a mile away.
"My gosh … that baffles my mind, that's just insane," said Torres when 10News told her that police are saying it was a 13-year-old boy behind the wheel.