Mount Jackson police on Christmas charged a 20-year-old Harrisonburg man after he was found in a stolen vehicle with two underaged juveniles, one of whom was driving.

Police charged Angel Joel Dastas-Torres with grand larceny of a vehicle, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, resisting arrest and providing false identification to law enforcement.

Mount Jackson Police officer Mark Johnson wrote in his complaint that at about 4 a.m. Tuesday he witnessed a silver Toyota operated by a minor run two different stop signs, the first at Interstate 81 and Caverns Road, and again at Caverns Road and Old Valley Pike.

He pulled the vehicle over and asked the three people in the Toyota for their names. He went back to his cruiser to verify their identities. It was then the two juveniles and Torres ran from the car.

Johnson was able to catch one of the juveniles and Torres in a nearby cornfield, The other juvenile was not caught and his identity was unknown at the time the report was filed.

It was determined the vehicle was stolen from DBI on Center Street, Mount Jackson. The vehicle’s owner was unaware it had been stolen.

Johnson wrote in his report that Torres knew the juvenile who was driving was not licensed and that the vehicle was stolen.

Mount Jackson police referred all questions to Police Chief Jeff Sterner, who was not in the office.

It is unknown if the juvenile who was caught was charged.

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