A 10-year-old Cleveland boy stole his mother’s car Thursday and, for the second time this month, led police and his mother in a high-speed chase for more than 50 miles.
Police received initial reports of a mother wildly chasing her son at a speed of “at least 90” on the freeway at 9 a.m. Thursday. Eventually, eight police cruisers took over the mother’s parental duties and forced the boy into the ditch, where he continued driving until his vehicle got stuck and slid into a freeway sign, Cleveland 19 reported. The boy was not injured and police are not releasing his name due to his age.
“One of the troopers made visual contact eye-to-eye contact with the child and motioned for him to pull over, and the child physically shook his head no and continued driving,” said patrol trooper Richard Reeder.
When all else had failed, police laid tire tracks across the freeway to disable the vehicle.
“We were able to put them all the way across the road way, the Ohio Turnpike, three lanes. At that point in time, the child swerved to the right and started driving in the ditch,” Reeder said.
Dashcam footage of the chase shows the boy driving a considerable distance in the ditch before the car gets stuck. However, the boy didn’t get any more compliant when police were able to approach the vehicle.
“When we were able to get him out of the car he was very agitated,” Reeder said. “He kicked one of the troopers in the shin, he then spit in the face of the same trooper.”
Several drivers also called police to report the the mother and son police chase. Clevland 19 obtained transcripts of the calls.
Caller: Hi. I’m pretty sure there’s a car chase going on between a mom and her son right now on the highway. They’re just passing Columbia Rd. exit. The kid’s probably going at least 90. He looks maybe 13.
911: OK. We already got a couple of calls on this. Where are you guys at exactly right now?
Caller: I’m headed west. They’re headed west. They’re like a couple of cars ahead of me.
911: Westlake 911 what is your emergency?
Caller: Yea. I’m on 90 West and it seems to be..well it looks to be a child driving a silver Infinity with I don’t know if it’s like her mother or somebody chasing them down in a red SUV.
911: You’re on 90?
Caller: Yea. And the kid’s like. I don’t if it’s like a kid that’s swerving in and out of traffic, almost ran a couple cars off the road.
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