Teens caught joyriding in stolen car across 2 Central Fla. counties

Chase began in Orange County, ended near Cocoa Beach Pier in Brevard


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Four teens under the age of 15 were caught joyriding in a stolen car Wednesday afternoon, Brevard County sheriff's deputies said.

Investigators said it started in Orange County and ended near the Cocoa Beach Pier in Brevard.

[RAW VIDEO: Teens take stolen care on joyride]

The white Camaro was equipped with OnStar so it helped, but also a Sheriff's Office chopper was able to track down the vehicle.

The pilot told Local 6 that this could've been much worse because of the number of spring breakers in the area this time of year.

"Get that [expletive] out my face," said one of the passengers.

One of the teenagers suspected of being in the stolen car didn't like seeing the cameras, but someone else was watching and recording their every move -- the Sheriff's Office aviation unit.

"People don't usually think about air units, they usually look in front of them," said John Coppola, of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit.

Just after reports of a stolen white Camaro out of Orange County came in, the car headed to Brevard County. Deputies said four teens between 13 and 15 years old were meeting up with friends at the beach. Getting there, however, meant evading two agencies, two counties and a chopper.

"He goes into Merritt Island, he is running some red lights, he's running some stop signs, he does some of that a few different times and then he finally gets over to the Cocoa Beach area," said Coppola.

Coppola said at times the driver was going up to 100 mph.

"You have a driver that's very young driving a car, he's going very fast. You just have to have one person pull in front of him and he'll kill somebody," said Coppola.

The chase ended safely 30 minutes after it began by the Cocoa Beach Pier in an area full of tourists and spring breakers.

The Sheriff's Office said the driver was arrested and three others were allowed to go back to their parents.