A 10-year-old Ohio boy was taken into custody after leading police and state troopers on a dangerous high-speed pursuit that began in Cleveland and ended miles away along the Ohio Turnpike when troopers boxed him in. Authorities say no one was injured during the pursuit that began around 9:30am Thursday when Westlake police saw a car speed by chased by another vehicle, possibly driven by the boy's mother, on Interstate 90 west of Cleveland. Per the AP, a man called 911 and reported the boy's car, a 2004 Toyota Avalon, was swerving in and out of traffic and had almost run several vehicles off the road; he also said a woman was following that car in a red SUV. Three Westlake officers followed the Toyota for more than 15 miles at high speeds until the boy drove through a tollbooth and entered the westbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike, per a police rep.
And that's when at least four state troopers joined the chase, says Highway Patrol Sergeant Tim Hoffman, attempting a roadblock as the boy drove erratically on the turnpike at speeds up to 100mph. After a 20-mile pursuit, the boy slowed down and veered onto the grassy berm to avoid driving over stop sticks—which is when one trooper nudged the boy's car at a slow speed into a mile post sign with his cruiser, and another cruiser blocked the car and prevented it from re-entering the road, Hoffman says. A Cleveland police report shows the boy was previously arrested for stealing his mom's 2013 Dodge Charger on Oct. 16. This time, he was taken to a hospital with a legal guardian and will be placed in the custody of Erie County child services after being evaluated; no word yet on possible criminal charges.
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