UNION, NJ — Following a car chase, officers arrested three teenagers ages 14 to 17 in connection with the theft of a van stolen from Westfield, township police said Thursday.

The vehicle had been left unlocked in Westfield, police in that town said in a Nixle message sent to neighborhood residents.

Around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, the Union officers saw a white Honda Odyssey make an illegal left turn onto Vauxhall Road East after exiting a Garden State Parkway service area, township police said in a statement.

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Officers turned on their overhead lights in an attempt to stop the van and as the patrol car approached, the van accelerated, swerved left and headed east on Vauxhall Road, police said.

As officers chased the vehicle, it hit a curb on Vauxhall Road and traveled a short distance more before striking the side of the Salem Chiropractic building at 1042 Salem Road, police said. The vehicle ultimately came to a full stop in the rear lot of the building, according to police.

Westfield police said the vehicle theft happened on the same evening another unlocked vehicle was broken into on Downer Street.

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