10-Year-Old's Car Chase Is His Second Joyride in 2 Weeks

Posted October 30, 2017

Authorities said the boy took the vehicle from his family home in Cleveland, Ohio, and led police on a high-speed pursuit that continued with state troopers chasing him on a highway.

Witnesses raised the alarm when they saw the child speeding down the street in a 2004 Toyota Avalon.

It's understood the boy's mother was in hot pursuit, chasing after her son in a red SUV.

The boy's unauthorized ride started at about 8:30 a.m.as he was waiting for his sister to take him to school.

"He's already wrecked the auto, he need's to stop". A trooper joined the chase, pulled up next to him and gestured for him to stop.

"I don't if it's like a kid that's swerving in and out of traffic, nearly ran a couple cars off the road", another 911 caller told the dispatcher.

Police pulled the boy out of the auto through the window, and he proceeded to kick and spit at them, state patrol Lt. Richard Reeder said. "My son's going to kill himself before you guys get here".

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Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Richard Reeder told Cleveland 19 the boy kicked and spat at an officer who was restraining him.

The boy reportedly reached speeds of close to 160km/h during the pursuit. However, they were met with resistance as the child veered off road to avoid speed traps.

But the troopers caught up and boxed him in, and one cruiser struck the back driver's side of the vehicle, causing him to turn sharply toward the highway, where he hit another cruiser, ending the wild chase.

The boy's auto was then quickly surrounded by troopers demanding that he immediately roll down his window, as other troopers suggested that they break it to forcibly remove the boy. He will be placed in the custody of Erie County Children's Services after being evaluated.

Speaking to ABC 10 News, the boy's father said his son may have learned the ... from playing video games.

According to a police report obtained by The Tribune, the boy allegedly stole his mother's vehicle on October 16.

It was the second time he took a family member's auto for a joyride in two weeks.