OGDEN — A truck stolen by two juveniles was involved in a three-car crash that closed a road in Ogden, police said.
The owner of a Dodge truck stolen out of Washington Terrace spotted his vehicle Monday and began pursuing it with friends in a second car at about 11:30 a.m., according to the Ogden City Police Department. Lt. Lane Findlay said when the juveniles noticed they were being followed they tried to take off, with one juvenile jumping out of the vehicle when they got stuck in traffic.
"The other kid then got into the driver's side and there was a short chase," Findlay said. "Right before the vehicle took off the owner jumped out of the vehicle he was in, ran up and jumped into the back of the truck so as this chase proceeded he was in the back trying to get the kid to stop."
Both vehicles continued onto Green Junction, approaching the 1000 block of Country Hills Drive where other vehicles were stopped at a red light. The driver of the stolen truck lost control of the vehicle at the light and collided with two eastbound vehicles, according to police.
The juvenile and the owner of the stolen vehicle, who was ejected from the truck bed, were transported to the hospital in stable condition, according to police. The juvenile has possible back and leg injuries.
As this chase proceeded (the owner) was in the back trying to get the kid to stop.
–Lt. Lane Findlay
They said a 19-year-old man needed to be extracted from a Subaru Forrester. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition. A woman and an 8-year-old child, who were traveling in a black Jeep Wrangler, were both transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries in stable condition.
"There were no serious injuries, which is remarkable considering the circumstances," Findlay said.
As a result of the crash, the eastbound lanes of Country Hills Drive between Eccles Avenue and Harrison Boulevard were closed.
The car theft appears to have been a crime of opportunity, according to Findlay. He said the two juveniles were walking down the street when they noticed the keys inside the truck and decided to take off. They will be referred to juvenile court.
Findlay said those who find themselves in a situation where their vehicle has been stolen should follow at a safe distance and call dispatch so officers can take care of the situation.
"It's one thing to try and locate the truck and suspects, but we always advise caution if people are going to confront others and (they should) never jump into the back of a moving vehicle," he said. "We're just fortunate the owner wasn't more seriously injured."
Contributing: Morgan Wilkins, Nicole Vowell