Underage driver accused of driving stolen car through Chick-fil-A

An underage driver is in custody after police said she led them on a chase and drove a stolen car through a Chick-fil-A.

The incident started about 4 a.m. Tuesday at the restaurant on Alps Road, Athens-Clarke County police said. An officer was driving west on Broad Street when a car that was driving erratically caught his attention. The officer ran the tag number and learned the vehicle had been stolen.

The officer tried to stop the car, but the vehicle kept going, police said. The car turned onto Newton Street and then onto Baxter Street, and the officer followed. Police said the officer lost the car near St. Mary’s Hospital.

A second officer spotted the car on Baxter Street, near the intersection where the Chick-fil-A restaurant is located. The officer tried to deploy stop sticks, but they weren’t released in time.

“The driver of the vehicle lost control, continuing through the Chick-fil-A parking lot before coming to rest inside the restaurant,” police said.

The restaurant was not open at the time. While the stolen car was removed from Chick-fil-A about 5:30 a.m., normal operations did not resume at the restaurant until 11 a.m.

Two juveniles were arrested in connection with the incident. The girl remains in the custody of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and faces multiple charges. A boy was released to his parents.