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Three Santa Maria teens steal car, crash and get arrested for DUI

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Three teenagers, two as young as 13, were arrested after police say they stole a car and crashed into seven parked cars in Santa Maria.

Santa Maria police officers were dispatched to the area of South Bonita Street and East Church Street at around 2:15 p.m. Thursday. Police found the teens sitting in a car with the doors locked.

"They were in the car, refusing to cooperate with officers or other people on scene," said Santa Maria police officer Russ Mengel. 

Police officers also discovered the driver was under the influence of alcohol with prescription drugs in the car. 

"When you're 13-years-old there's going to be some issues with your driving ability as it is," said Mengel. "Let alone add alcohol or other substances to that problem."

They were arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall where they face charges for threatening a police officer, driving under the influence, and stealing and crashing a vehicle.

One of the teens required a mental health evaluation. Police say the damage to the vehicles was mild to moderate. 

"This one caught officers by surprise," said Mengel. "To be as defiant as they were, to be impaired, to be driving the car around causing the trouble they were, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, it was a bad day for them."


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