Crime

Child Leads Police On A High-Speed Chase

| by Sheena Vasani
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Police reportedly arrested a Minnesota boy after he led them on a high-speed chase in a stolen concrete mixer on March 20.

"I betcha he drove around town 6 or 7 different times," witness Troy Flatness told KTTC. "He was smiling, hooting and hollering ... he was having a good time."

"Everybody was out with their cameras," Flatness added. "It was like a parade and I had no idea what was going on."

Authorities refuse to reveal the boy’s name and age. However, witnesses said the boy is an 11-year-old Dodge Center resident.

Police originally pulled over the truck for speeding. The truck, however, sped away. The chase led through the streets of Dodge Center and then onto gravel roads. The young driver reportedly reached speeds of up to 70 mph.

"It's certainly not your normal traffic stop, not your normal chase," Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said.

"We were concerned about the vehicle coming back into Dodge Center because it was our understanding it had been stolen in Dodge Center," Rose added.

Helicopters were called in to help with the chase, and when police finally cornered the boy, he reportedly jumped out of the car and tried to run but was caught. He is currently being detained in a juvenile detention center. He is set to be charged on March 21.

It’s not the first time a child has captured national attention for driving a car.

In June 2014, a 9-year-old boy tried to drive to his grandma’s house in Washington County, Wisconsin, WITI reported.

Two 18-year-old boys, Andrew Gonring and Kaiden Duck, stopped the child. They explained that they initially thought he might be a drunk driver.

"Every time I tell it, it's like, did this really happen?" Andrew Gonring told WITI. "How?"

"There was multiple times when I thought they were gonna flip that car or hit another person," he added.

When they looked closely at the driver, they couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

"He had the steering wheel right by his face and could barely see over the steering wheel," Duck said.

"I knew I had to do something, because I knew he wasn't the age of driving," he added.

After they pulled the child over and got law enforcement involved, they asked the boy why he took the vehicle.

"It was unlocked, keys were in the car, put our stuff in there and we just left -- went to go to grandma's," Gonring said. "I was like, 'How do you know how to drive?' He said, 'By watching my dad.'"

Police said they were not pressing any charges.

Sources: KTTCWITI / Photo Credit: KTTC, AliExpress
 

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