Prosecutors have charged a 10-year-old boy after he led Ohio state police on a 45-mile car chase exceeding 100 mph on Thursday morning.
Dashcam video from the Ohio State Highway Patrol obtained by Cleveland.com shows the boy driving onto the right shoulder of I-80 in Milan and avoiding spike strips laid down by troopers before he’s eventually surrounded by several police vehicles, one of which clipped the car, ending the chase.
The boy, who was not identified, was then pulled out of the car, which belongs to his mother’s boyfriend, through the window before kicking and spitting at the troopers, state patrol Lt. Richard Reeder told Cleveland.com.
The hour-long chase started in Cleveland about 8:30 a.m Thursday morning. The boy grabbed the keys while waiting for his sister to take him to school. While she showered, he snagged the keys to his mother’s boyfriend’s car.
Realizing what had happened, the boy’s mother jumped in her own car and pursued the speeding car as the boy piloted around the Cleveland highway and made for the turnpike.
“My 10-year-old stole his dad’s car, and he’s running from me,” the mother told a 911 dispatcher.
The boy then starting driving on Interstate 80, where a trooper motioned for the boy to stop as he pulled alongside him. The boy responded by shaking his head and stepping on the gas, Reeder said. The chase then culminated about an hour after it began. No injuries were reported.
Troopers then placed stop sticks in the roadway, but the boy drove into the ditch to avoid them, police said. State troopers blocked the boy’s ability to exit the ditch and made “intentional contact” with the car to stop the chase, police said.
The boy’s car was then quickly surrounded by troopers demanding that he immediately roll down his window, as other troopers suggested that they break it to forcibly remove the boy.
“Break the window,” one trooper said. “Break the window!”
After police stopped the car, the boy was taken into custody.
According to Fox 8, earlier in October the boy stole the same car and three flat tires left him stranded on the side of the highway. The boy’s mother told police he had taken the car because he was “bored.”