Four teens are facing a variety of charges after a high-speed chase ended in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Santa Maria.
According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, deputies began pursuing the vehicle in Orcutt after it was reported that a group of juveniles had stolen alcohol from Spencer's Fresh Market.
Sheriff's officials say the juveniles sped off in a white Chevy Tahoe and failed to stop for deputies.
When the chase approached traffic in a congested area of Highway 135, deputies reportedly called off the pursuit due to public safety concerns.
The sheriff's office says the driver of the SUV continued toward Santa Maria and eventually crashed at the intersection of South Broadway and East McCoy Ln.
The juveniles reportedly ran from the vehicle. Four were caught, but a fifth got away and is still at large.
Sheriff's officials say it turns out the SUV had been stolen out of Santa Maria an hour before the crash, and the stolen alcohol was found in the vehicle.
The driver was identified as a 15-year-old boy. He was arrested and booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, shoplifting, minor in possession of alcohol, resisting arrest, and driving without a license.
A 15-year-old girl, 14-year-old girl, and 13-year-old boy who were also in the vehicle were arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, shoplifting, minor in possession of alcohol, and resisting arrest.
Sheriff's officials say they have leads as to the identity and whereabouts of the fifth juvenile.