A Central Coast teenager has a lot of explaining to do, after leading police on a wild chase in a possibly stolen van which ended when he crashed into a crafts store in a shopping center.
It started at around 9:30 last night, when a Santa Maria Police officer reported seeing a van being driven recklessly near Thornburg Road and Carmen Lane.
The officer tried to stop the van, but it sped away, running a red light, and then crashing into a store on the 1600 block of South Broadway.
The van ended up completely inside the store, which was closed at the time.
Police say the driver, who was a 13 year boy, tried to escape on foot but was caught by officers.
No one was hurt.