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Teen Arrested After Patrol Car Set on Fire: Police

Authorities say a 16-year-old Mexican national torched a patrol car and then led deputies on a chase through two Southeast Texas counties before being arrested.

The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said that after a constable's patrol car was set ablaze Saturday in a parking lot, deputies approached the teen, who was in a pickup.

He pointed a rifle at them and sped away.

During a pursuit, the teen struck a motorcycle officer escorting a funeral. The officer was not injured. The chase ended in Pearland after he lost control of the truck.

Charges against the teen include arson, aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest.

He told deputies he crossed illegally into the U.S. and was upset about the treatment in the U.S. of his fellow countrymen.

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