OAKLAND -- A 15-year-old boy suspected of pistol-whipping and carjacking a man in East Oakland Thursday night was hospitalized and arrested after crashing the stolen vehicle, police said Friday.

Police said the Oakland youth crashed the car near 82nd and Ney avenues shortly after officers stopped chasing him.

The youth's name was not released. He was arrested for investigation of assault with a firearm and carjacking and remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Police said the boy approached a 36-year-old man about 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of 70th Avenue as the man was about to drive to work in his Toyota Corolla. The youth, who was holding a gun, ordered the man to leave the keys in the ignition, then pulled him out of the car and hit him in the head with the gun before driving off, police said.

Police spotted the car an hour later near 73rd and Garfield avenues and began chasing it. But police stopped the chase due to safety concerns because the Toyota was speeding and being driven erratically, authorities said.

A few minutes later police were notified the car had crashed when the youth apparently lost control of it. The car overturned, briefly trapping the youth underneath and causing a severe injury to his arm, authorities said.

No gun was recovered. Police are investigating if the youth is responsible for other carjackings.



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