10-Year-Old Boy Takes Mother’s Car For a Joyride
Last Monday, Ohio State Highway Patrol officers pulled over a 10-year-old boy who was driving a 2004 Toyota Avalon on I-90. The car belonged to his mother’s boyfriend. The chase began shortly after 8:30 a.m.
According to The New York Post, the boy was waiting for his older sister to take him to school when he decided to take the car.
The Daily Mail reported that the boy led Westlake police officers on a high-speed chase at a speed of 100 mph for more than 15 miles. The mother was following behind him, and the patrol officers, in her own car.
“Oh my f—— God,” the mother told police in a 9-1-1 call. “My son’s going to kill himself before you guys get here.”
As the boy reached the Ohio turnpike on I-80 in Milan with at least four Ohio State Highway patrol officers in tow, he veered off to the right shoulder to avoid spike strips that had been laid down by state troopers, according to The Daily Mail.
This allowed the troopers to surround the vehicle as traffic behind them was stopped for safety.
In the dashcam footage, a police officer tells another to, “Break the window! Break the window!” Before that happened, the boy rolled down the window, at which time, the troopers lifted him out of the car.
According to WEWS, an ABC affiliate, as the troopers took him into custody; “He attempted to spit in the troopers’ faces and even kicked one of them in the chin.”
However, a legal guardian was able to take him to a hospital. He will be placed in the custody of Erie County Children’s Services for further evaluation.
This is the second time in two weeks that the boy has taken a car for a joyride, according to The New York Post. On October 16, around 9 A.M., the boy took his mother’s 2013 Dodge Charger down I-90.
One driver called a police dispatcher to report the incident, telling them, “There is a car on 90 right now past 117, driving on three flat tires, going about 50 miles per hour, and looks like it’s a 10-year-old kid,”
In fact, the car had sustained three flat tires; how is unknown. The boy pulled off to the shoulder and another driver stayed with him until the officers showed up. He was then placed back in the custody of his mother. At the time, he told police officers he took the car out, “because he was bored,” according to WEWS.