A teenage driver is in custody and another person has been taken to a hospital after a police pursuit in Elk Grove ended in a crash on Highway 99 near Sheldon Road.
Elk Grove police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said that shortly before 5 p.m. officers attempted to stop a speeding black Toyota Camry westbound on Sheldon Road near Elk Grove-Florin Road. The driver of the Camry, later identified as a 17-year-old Sacramento resident, failed to stop and led police on a pursuit.
At one point, the driver cut through the WinCo supermarket parking lot, then headed eastbound on Sheldon. The driver then attempted to travel southbound on Highway 99, but because of the vehicle's speed, he was unable to navigate a turn. He lost control of the car and struck two other vehicles, a Ford SUV and a commuter van, before the Camry crashed and caught fire.
The teenager got out of the Camry and ran from officers but was apprehended by a police dog.
Trim said one of seven people in the commuter van was taken to a local hospital with injuries. The other occupants of the van as well as the single occupant of the SUV were checked out and treated at the scene.
Trim said it has not been determined whether the Camry was stolen or why the driver fled from police.