Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nine Year Old Leads Five Police Departments On High Speed Chase

Since this didn't end in tragedy we can label it as "funny." Eighty miles an hour? The Star reports:

A 9-year-old Greenfield boy who led cops on a chase today took to the wheel because he wanted to stay out later to play with his friends, police said.

“He was upset because he had to come in,” said Derek Towle, deputy chief of the Greenfield Police Department.

According to Towle, the parents of the boy told police he was told he had to be home at 8 p.m. and he wasn’t happy. The boy went home, showered and was put to bed before he snuck out of the house with a set of car keys he took from his mother’s purse along, with $1 and a cell phone.

The parents didn’t find out the boy had taken 2005 silver Chevrolet Aveo until police called to notify them from the cell phone the boy took earlier.

At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police got a call of a possible drunk driver who was swerving on U.S. 40.

The boy led five police departments from Greenfield, Knightstown, Hancock County, Henry County and the Indiana Conservation Department on the chase for about a half an hour before he was finally stopped about two miles west of Knightstown.“He was on his way out of town,” Towle said. “Evidently, he didn’t want to be home.”

Police described the boy as 4 foot 3 inches tall and weighing 62 pounds. “That’s why we got the call that there was a drunk driver because he was having a hard time negotiating the car,” Towle said. He said there’s no history of the boy ever driving a car said the boy has been treated for depression and attention deficit disorder.

The boy was arrested for fleeing law enforcement and faces charges. Towle said officials hope to get the boy to counseling.

The boy crossed the median on U.S. 40 and was heading east on the west bound lanes at about 80 miles per hour at least twice during the chase, Towle said.

“This could’ve ended very tragically,” he said. “But thank goodness it didn’t.”

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