MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — UPDATE (4:27 p.m. 7/9/20): A man is in custody after a police chase Thursday morning in Mobile.
A 15-year-old was also taken into custody and transported to Strickland Youth Center.
Mobile Police say 26-year-old Justin Jones stole a car from Hertz on July 6 while he was being given a courtesy ride. Jones told police the only reason he stopped during the pursuit was because the car ran out of gas.
Read the full statement from Mobile Police below:
On Thursday, July 9, 2020 at approximately 10:11 a.m., police responded to the area of Bond Street and Shell Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. The car came to a stop at the intersection of Marine Street and Kentucky Street where the driver was taken into custody. The passenger, a 15-year-old juvenile, was also detained after running from the passenger seat. Officers found the juvenile in possession of a marijuana grinder. The juvenile was transported to Strickland Youth Center with charges of attempting to elude and possession of drug paraphernalia.Mobile Police
The driver was identified as 26-year-old Justin Jones. Jones was transported to Metro Jail on charges of theft of property first degree, attempt to elude, and reckless endangerment. Jones stole the car from Hertz on July 6, 2020 when he went to the location with an insurance claim. He did not have a driver’s license on him, so Hertz was not able to give him a car rental but did offer him a courtesy ride. Jones sat in the passenger seat while the courtesy driver ran back into the store, and that is when Jones slid into the driver’s seat and drove away.
Jones said the only reason he stopped during the pursuit was because the car ran out of gas.
Mobile Police chase ended near Broad Street Thursday morning.
Police say the chase began in the area of Bond Street and Shell Street in reference to a stolen vehicle.
The chase ended at Kentucky and Marine Streets.
No word on who is in custody at this time, police say.
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