NEW PORT RICHEY — A 15-year-old boy is accused of stealing a van from the Harbinger House, leading law enforcement officers on a chase and crashing into a building.
New Port Richey police say the boy took the van about 7 p.m. Friday from the Harbinger House at 6716 Congress St., a facility that offers temporary housing for children removed from unfit homes.
The teen refused to pull over, police say. A car chase ensued, involving officers from New Port Richey police, Port Richey police and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The van crashed into an unoccupied commercial building at 6524 Orchid Lake Road, and the boy was arrested after briefly trying to flee on foot, police say.
The boy's name is being withheld due to his age. He was charged with grand theft motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing to elude, criminal mischief, criminal trespass on school grounds and no valid drivers license.