Video from traffic cameras on a Minnesota highway shows a group of teenagers overturning a stolen Kia and running.
According to Fox 9, it happened on Saturday on northbound Interstate 35E. Footage shows a stolen Kia slamming into a median after the driver tried to dodge police stop batons. Four teenagers then jump out of the smoking car, run and dodge traffic to get to the other side of the street where state troopers were waiting. All four were arrested: a 14-year-old boy and three girls, aged 15 to 17.
Two of the girls were slightly injured and taken to hospital, authorities said.
The incident began around 5:30 p.m. when a rental car company contacted St. Paul police and said they had a GPS tracker on a 2021 Kia Forte that was stolen in Minneapolis and headed to St. Paul, a said police spokesman.
“St. Paul police called a State Patrol helicopter for assistance, and the pilot used the GPS tracker coordinates to locate the car as it came to a stop on Portland and Dale streets in St. Paul,” reports Fox 9 .
The teenagers got back in the car as police cruisers approached. Officers backed away as the car drove through a residential neighborhood, but the helicopter continued to pursue the Kia as the driver drove erratically down city streets and onto the freeway, the police spokesman said.
The crash happened about 15 minutes after the incident began.
Law enforcement officials in the region have expressed concern over a nationwide trend this summer that includes Hyundai and Kia thefts. A viral Tiktok video by the so-called “Kia Boys” shows thieves using a USB cable to steal rides.
The automaker is so familiar with the rage of theft that it has issued the following statement on media exits, including Fox 29 Philadelphia.
“Kia America is aware of the increase in vehicle theft from a subset of trim levels,” the statement said. “All 2022 models and trim levels will have an immobilizer fitted either at the beginning of the year or as an ongoing change. All Kia vehicles for sale in the United States meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Kia customers with questions about their Kia vehicle should contact the Consumer Assistance Center directly at 1-800-333-4542.
“Hyundai Motor America is concerned about the increase in local auto theft. The safety and well-being of our customers and community is and will remain our top priority. These vehicles meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards and immobilizers are standard on all new Hyundai vehicles. Hyundai customers can contact the Hyundai Consumer Assistance Center at 800-633-5151 at any time with questions.”
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