Two young men are in hospital and a 14-year-old boy is facing a slew of charges after a stolen car crashed off Dunbrack Street in Clayton Park early Friday morning.

Halifax Regional Police tried to pull over a vehicle at 2:08 a.m.

Police say the car refused to stop so they pursued it, but soon gave up the chase for safety reasons after the car reached speeds of 120 km/h.

They found the car a few minutes later after it crashed near Dunbrack and Wentworth Drive.

The two injured boys, 16 and 17, remain in hospital but are expected to survive. One of the boys has a broken pelvis, according to Ron MacDonald, executive director of Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Team (SIRT).

SIRT was notified because the crash followed a police pursuit. The team investigates all serious incidents involving the police in the province, regardless of whether there is an allegation of wrongdoing. 

They also automatically investigate when anyone is badly hurt in the presence of police. 

"Certainly a broken pelvis constitutes a serious incident under the statute, and that means that we assume responsibility for that aspect of the investigation into the car accident and what led up to it," said MacDonald.

The third boy, 14, was arrested a short distance from the crash by police and a canine unit. He was not hurt.

Neighbour Russ Kelly said the emergency response lit up his backyard. 

"Fire apparatus and tow trucks and the police department with all their lights shining, it just looked like Christmas out there, really, with all the lights that were shining," he said.

The 14-year-old is facing a number of charges, including:

  • two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm
  • dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • theft of a motor vehicle
  • possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • flight from police.

The car was stolen from a home on Glenforest Drive. Police say the investigation continues.