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October 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM

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Pair of 16-year-olds arrested after they crash stolen car

Posted by John de Leon

Two 16-year-old boys were arrested Thursday night after they crashed a car that had been reported stolen, according to Seattle police.

Police spotted the 1992 Honda Accord at about 11 p.m. as it sped north on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South at South Othello Street. A short time later the driver lost control of the car at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Orcas Street. The car flipped several times before ending up across the Sound Transit light-rail tracks.

The two teens inside the car fled.

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An SPD K9 unit tracked the pair and found them hiding in a nearby backyard. The two boys were booked into the Youth Services Center for investigation of car theft.

The car wreck damaged the lighting system along the tracks as well as the pedestrian railings, police said. A Sound Transit repair crew responded and the tracks were reopened shortly after midnight.

The 1992 Honda Accord was the favorite target of car thieves in Washington in 2009, according to a recent report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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