Boy, 9, Leads Cops on High-Speed Car Chase

Pint-sized driver may face charges for fleeing police
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2009 1:28 AM CDT
A suburban Indianapolis boy grabbed his mom's keys and led cops on an 80mph car chase because he didn't want to go to bed.   (©walknboston)

(Newser) – A 9-year-old boy took his parents' car and led police on a 30-minute high-speed car chase—all because he didn't want to leave his friends to go to bed, reports the Indianapolis Star. Upset about his 8 pm curfew, the boy showered and was put to bed before he slipped out of his suburban Indianapolis home with his mother's keys, cell phone and $1.

The 4-foot-3 driver had trouble navigating the 2005 Chevrolet sedan, leading concerned drivers on US Highway 40 to call police about a possible drunk behind the wheel. Officers from five police departments chased the boy, who twice crossed into oncoming traffic at speeds of 80 mph before he finally pulled over. Previously treated for depression and attention deficit disorder, the child faces possible charges for fleeing law enforcement, but could receive counseling instead.