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High Speed Chase Leads to Collision with Home and Driver’s Arrest

A Claremont teenager is facing multiple charges after leading police on a chase and crashing into a trailer at a home on Citizen Street. Police say that 19-year old Louis Gratacos initiated the chase around 10:45 Tuesday morning on Central Street after police attempted to pull him over for a minor traffic violation.

The chase led to Citizen Street where he tried to turn at high speed, went off the road, and collided with a 30-foot trailer next to a home at 45 Citizen Street. Gratacos fled on foot but was later apprehended while a passenger was taken into custody when authorities arrived on the scene.

Gratacos had previously crashed into a Maple Street home with his car last December which injured his passenger and charges are still pending in that case.

Gratacos is being charged in today’s crash with possession of controlled drugs, reckless conduct, driving after revocation or suspension, disobeying an officer and conduct after an accident.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in the 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division Wednesday.

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