14-year-old passenger in stolen car arrested in Fitchburg, driver gets away

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FITCHBURG, Wis. — Fitchburg police say they have arrested a 14-year-old boy after stopping a stolen car Friday morning.

The incident began when a Madison police officer spotted a Nissan sedan that had been reported stolen in Milwaukee driving in the area of Midvale Boulevard at about 1:40 a.m. Friday, police said. Several officers were tracking the car when it was spotted again by a Fitchburg officer in the area of King James Way.

The Fitchburg Police Department says a sergeant put a tire-deflation device ahead of the Nissan’s path as officers tried to start a traffic stop, but the driver kept going and drove over the device. Police say at least one tire was deflated when the car stopped on the 2000 block of Red Arrow Trail, just off of Verona Road.

Police say the driver and the 14-year-old passenger got out of the car and ran. Police quickly stopped the 14-year-old, but the driver could not be found, even after police used a drone and a K9 unit to try to find them.

Officers said they found a loaded handgun inside the stolen car, and the department says it is continuing to investigate to determine whether the gun was also stolen.

The 14-year-old was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center and faces possible charges of being a passenger in a stolen car and resisting an officer.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Fitchburg police at 608-270-4300 or submit a tip with the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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