CLEARWATER, Fla. (FOX 13) - Two teens have been taken into custody after a Friday morning car burglary turned into a high-speed chase in Pinellas County. However, deputies have now uncovered that one of those teens involved in Friday's events was the sole survivor of a deadly SUV crash back in 2017.
Authorities said 15-year-old Keondrae Brown, along with a 17-year-old suspect, took off on foot when they saw a sheriff's car patrolling the unincorporated Clearwater area Friday morning.
The pair eventually jumped into a stolen vehicle, speeding down U.S. 19. They were later caught and arrested after attempting to hide in the woods near the Pinellas Trail.
This isn't the first time the 15-year-old's name has made headlines. Back in the fall of 2017, Brown was the only one to walk away from a fiery crash that killed three teens.
The boys were accused of stealing a car from a Clearwater dealership. After being located by deputies, the teens attempted to flee. Their car reached speeds of up to 140 miles per hour before crashing into another vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, 16-year-old, Keontae Brown, Keondrae's brother, died in that crash.
Just over a year later, Brown has found himself in an all-too familiar position. The teen is now behind bars just weeks before his sixteenth birthday for the same crime that cut his brother's life short and almost ended his own.
Over a year later, a message Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri shared after the crash still rings true.
"This has got to change. law enforcement can't fix this. Parents, family members, caregivers, others need to step up and figure out why these kids are out at three, four o'clock in the morning stealing cars. We're doing all we can," said the sheriff during a 2017 press conference.
Brown's mother told FOX 13 that she hopes his arrest might be a blessing in disguise and the wake-up call her son needs to turn his life around.
Brown was charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto, one count of Loitering and Prowling, and one count of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding. The teen also had six active juvenile pick-up orders for various charges. The 17-year-old involved in Friday's incident was charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto.
Additional charges are pending against both teens.