Police: 13-year-old caught driving stolen car in Lancaster

A 13-year-old Lancaster boy was arrested after police said he and another teen bailed out of a stolen vehicle and left it rolling toward an elementary school where young children were playing.

Police Lt. Todd Umstead said an officer began tailing the car after it failed to stop at a stop sign at Christian and Dauphin streets Friday, then attempted to pull over the driver at Chesapeake and Dauphin.

The 13-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger initially took off in the car, but they bailed out in the 500 block of South Ann Street and left the abandoned vehicle rolling down a slight embankment to a parking lot at Washington Elementary School where a summer camp program was going on, Umstead said.

A staff member got into the slowly rolling car and she stopped it before it rolled down another small embankment where the young children were playing.

The 18-year-old passenger was arrested after a brief foot chase and the 13-year-old was captured in a wooded area east of the school.

Police said both will be charged for the stolen vehicle as well as fleeing and eluding.

Their names were not immediately released.

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