13-Year-Old Leads Cops on High-Speed Chase

In the passenger seat: his 8-year-old sister
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2015 1:25 PM CST

Two Michigan youngsters are lucky they weren't shot at or killed in a car wreck after the older child, a 13-year-old boy, allegedly led police on a high-speed chase Saturday night, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Macomb County Sheriff's Dispatch Center started taking in reports of a Nissan Altima driving in an erratic manner in Clinton Township, and a sheriff's deputy came across the car stopped at a traffic light. In the pursuing deputy's dashcam video released Monday by the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, the police car can be seen trailing the Altima for a short time before the deputy pulls the Altima over—only for the Altima to speed away while the officer is getting ready to approach the vehicle. The deputy, who had no clue how old the driver really was, chases the speeding Altima for a time through traffic, until the teen driver loses control, swerves across the road, and comes to a stop in a lane of oncoming traffic on the other side of the parkway.

Both the driver and a passenger dash from the car, and the deputy informs the dispatcher, "They're both getting out and running" and starts driving behind them in pursuit. That's when he makes a startling discovery. "It's a little kid," he tells the dispatcher. Both children—the driver and his 8-year-old sister—were nabbed, uninjured. "The deputy that was pursuing them did not expect to see a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old get out of a car and run away from the police," the sheriff tells CBS Detroit. Investigators determined the kids had waited for their dad to doze off, then took his girlfriend's car for a joyride, the station notes. The 13-year-old was charged with unlawful driving away, fleeing and eluding, and resisting and obstructing police and will appear at a juvenile detention hearing Monday, per the Free Press; his little sister was released to her mom, per CBS. (The actor who played a young Anakin Skywalker was once arrested for leading cops on a high-speed chase.)

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