A teenage girl suspected of driving a stolen car and trying to evade Sunnyvale police by speeding was arrested early this morning after a fiery crash into a tree.

Police did not pursue the car, which was reported stolen out of San Jose, according to Sunnyvale police Capt. Dave Verbrugge.

As an officer tried to stop the vehicle about 1 a.m., the driver turned off its lights and fled at a high rate of speed, Verbrugge said. The vehicle ran a red light at Mathilda Avenue and El Camino Real and went northbound over the tracks.

The officer did not pursue the vehicle out of concern for public safety, Verbrugge said.

The officer watched as the vehicle sped northbound on Mathilda over the tracks and was then advised by a dispatcher the car was reported stolen out of San Jose.

Other patrol officers came to assist, and the vehicle was eventually found on Indio Way just east of Mathilda, where it had crashed into a tree and caught fire.

The female driver, who suffered minor injuries, was still with the car. Three other people inside the car took off on foot, according to police.

Officers set up a perimeter while fire crews tended to the girl and extinguished the burning car and tree.

One of the other teen passengers was quickly found and taken into custody.

At about 6 a.m. a third suspect was located walking in the area and taken into custody.

All three juvenile suspects, two girls and one boy, are from San Jose.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez



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