Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Two Syracuse teenagers are facing felony charges after allegedly leading police on a chase across the city and crashing a pickup truck at a South Side exit.
Police say they responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at James and Catherine streets around 9:05 a.m.
Shortly after talking to the victim, police saw a pickup truck matching the vehicle’s description driving south on Almond Street.
Police followed the vehicle onto 81 South and then turned on the siren, but the driver refused to pull over.
The driver attempted to exit at Brighton Avenue but crashed the pickup into a guide rail and a light pole, according to police.
The driver – 17-year-old Asalic Parhem of East Pleasant Avenue in Syracuse – and a 15-year-old passenger ran away from the scene, but police caught them inside a house on South State Street.
Parhem and the 15-year-old were charged with grand larceny in the third degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, and reckless endangerment in the first degree. They were also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors.
Parhem was also charged with multiple traffic infractions.
They were expected to be arraigned on Friday.