Teen leads police on chase in stolen vehicle through backyards before crashing and fleeing on foot

WATERTOWN, NY —  A 16-year-old boy led Watertown police on a chase at about 3:41 a.m. Sunday in a stolen vehicle under the Arsenal Street viaduct on Exchange Street then drove through a dead end on Scio Street across backyards before crashing into an area behind 133 N. Meadow St. and fleeing on foot.

A police perimeter was immediately set up in the neighborhood. A K-9 unit was unavailable at the time.

The suspect hid in the area before being apprehended about 35 minutes later when he was observed running east across the 100 block of N. Meadow Street toward the 400 block of Arsenal Street.

The vehicle was reported to New York State Police earlier in the night as stolen in the town of Alexandria area. The theft is under investigation.

Special equipment was required to remove the vehicle due to its location. Several residents needed to move vehicles from their driveways to provide access to the scene. Josh’s Towing and Roadside Warriors assisted in the removal. The vehicle was transported to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

City police were assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.

Further details have not been released at this time.