A man faces eight criminal charges after he allegedly stole a vehicle Wednesday night before leading police on a high-speed chase and then crashing.
Anthony Castaneda, 18, of Roswell, is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and six traffic-related violations, including unlawful use of a license, according to a message posted Thursday on the Roswell Police Department Facebook page.
An arrest report states that at 11:22 p.m., an officer responded to an in-progress stolen vehicle call at an Allsup’s Convenience Store in the 500 block of West McGaffey Street. The reports states someone witnessed a male get into a silver 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo left running outside the store.
An officer then saw the Monte Carlo pass him south on Pennsylvania. The officer turned onto Buena Vista Street and then north onto Pennsylvania Avenue, where the Monte Carlo was found parked in a driveway with its lights on, according to the report.
The officer ordered the motorist to get out of the vehicle and parked his unit behind the Monte Carlo to prevent the driver from backing out of the driveway.
The driver then reversed the vehicle slightly before driving forward through the front yard of the residence, exiting the yard onto Chisum and heading eastbound at a high rate of speed, according to the report.
The officer then followed the Monte Carlo in his unit. Twice, the driver failed to stop at two stop signs: one at Main and Chisum streets and a second at the intersection of Southeast Main and Chisum streets.
The vehicle then crashed into a fence at the intersection of South Garden Avenue and Chisum Street.
After he exited the vehicle, Castaneda ran east on Chisum, with the pursuing officer chasing him, according to the report. Castaneda allegedly ran north in the alley between Garden and Poplar avenues, before heading east into a back yard on Garden Avenue.
After several minutes of not being able to find Castaneda, the officer saw Castaneda in the back yard of a residence with his shirt off and attempting to crouch down, according to the report.
Castaneda allegedly did not comply with orders to turn around and remove his hands from his pockets.
Following a brief struggle that officers had in trying to detain him, Castaneda was tasered. He was then arrested and taken to the police station.
When questioned at the station, Castaneda later told officers that he had taken a friend to the Allsup’s on McGaffey Street and Lea Avenue. When they saw the Monte Carlo, Castaneda said that his friend told him that he owned the vehicle. The friend said he would take Castaneda’s truck, while Castaneda would go get into the Monte Carlo, which was running at the time.
Castaneda later told police he then entered the Monte Carlo and drove away. Castaneda told police he realized he had stolen the vehicle when the police unit approached him, according to the report. He added that he then became afraid and tried to get away.
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