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5 juveniles arrested after speeding against traffic in stolen car on West Side, Madison police say

5 juveniles arrested after speeding against traffic in stolen car on West Side, Madison police say

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Five juveniles were arrested after speeding against traffic in a stolen car on the West Side on Tuesday afternoon, Madison police reported.

Officers responded to the Gammon Road area shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after learning that a person whose car had been stolen saw it occupied by five juveniles at the BP gas station, 699 S. Gammon Road, Lt. Harrison Zanders said in a statement.

The car owner attempted to stop the suspects in another vehicle, but the suspects fled in the stolen car, traveling at high speed the wrong way in traffic, generating about 10 emergency calls as the suspects traveled onto the Beltline and fled to the Raymond Road corridor, Zanders said.

Due to reports of the suspects continuously driving recklessly and endangering public safety, Madison officers converged to the area and a sergeant stopped at every crosswalk in the Raymond Road corridor and advised the crossing guards not to allow children to cross the street, Zanders said.

Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle and a short pursuit ensued on Raymond Road that concluded at Raymond Road and Verona Road when the stolen vehicle stopped due to a flat rear tire and engine failure, Zanders said.

The five juveniles, whose names were not released, were arrested, with tentative charges of second-degree reckless endangering safety, eluding, operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent (OMVWOC), and resisting applied to the driver, and OMVWOC passenger charges to the passengers, Zanders said.

No injuries were reported.

[Correction: An earlier version of this story attributed the police information used in this report to the wrong Madison police official.]

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