OKEECHOBEE — Two 14-year-old boys were arrested and charged with grand theft auto this week. Raul Jesus Delgado and Robert Collier were arrested May 6 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Brady Rogers.
According to his report, on May 6, just after 1 a.m., Rogers was patrolling the area of Northwest 30th Street and U.S. 98 North when he saw a blue Dodge Challenger enter the roadway from the parking lot of the BP Gas Station. The vehicle did not have its headlights on and headed west on Northwest 30th Street. Rogers turned on his lights and attempted to stop the car, but it continued on, turning left on Northwest 46th Avenue. The vehicle accelerated in an attempt to elude Rogers, turning on Northwest 18th Street. When the car reached the 4500 block of Northwest 18th Street, the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a fence.
The report continues stating, three males jumped out of the vehicle and began running, ignoring Rogers’ orders to stop. A fourth person, a female, was found in the backseat of the vehicle.
Backup was requested and a K9 was among the responders. The K9 began tracking the suspects, and two of the suspects, Collier and Delgado, came back to the patrol car to turn themselves in.
The female passenger told deputies Delgado was the one driving the vehicle.
The owner of the vehicle was contacted and said she wanted to press charges.
Collier was charged with grand theft auto and resisting arrest without violence.
Delgado was charged with grand theft auto, failure to obey a law enforcement officer’s order to stop and resisting arrest without violence.
Both boys were transferred to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The third boy was identified as Jordan Rickards, age 17. A warrant for his arrest was applied for. The charges are resisting arrest without violence and failure to obey a law enforcement officer’s order to stop.