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15-year-old driver faces multiple charges after I-95 chase in Riviera Beach

Posted: 4:31 PM, Jun 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-27 11:15:47-04
15-year-old driver faces multiple charges after I-95 chase in Riviera Beach
15-year-old driver faces multiple charges after I-95 chase in Riviera Beach

Riviera Beach police said a chase on Interstate 95 Tuesday afternoon may be connected to a fatal shooting in the city Sunday night.

Police received a tip that the vehicle connected to the shooting was in the city.

Officers spotted the vehicle, occupied by three females and three males, in the 2700 block of Avenue O at at about 3:21 p.m.

The vehicle, a gray 2017 Nissan Altima, was reported stolen from Palm Beach Sheriff Office.

Police said initially they just trailed the vehicle before attempting a traffic stop at Australian Avenue and West 10th Street.

Spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said the driver fled the scene and eventually entered southbound I-95 at 45th Street in West Palm Beach.

Due to suspicions of involvement in the recent homicide and potential for serious harm to others, police pursued the vehicle near 6th Avenue South on I-95. 

The vehicle side-swiped two vehicles, and it became disabled. 

Of the six people in the vehicle, one is an 18 year-old woman and the rest are juveniles ranging in age from 15- to 17-years-old. 

The 18-year-old, Tonesha Hunter, was charged with trespassing. The 15-year-old male driver was charged with grand theft auto, fleeing to elude marked police car and several traffic infractions.

The other four juveniles were charged with trespassing. All of the juveniles were turned over to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Investigation of the homicide is ongoing.  Anyone with related information is asked to contact Riviera Beach Police at  (561) 845-4123 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.