Car Chases

13-Year-Old Joyrider And 8-Year-Old Sister Lead Police On High-Speed Chase

You have to blame the parents.

When the Macomb County Sherriff’s office received word of a Nissan Altima driving erratically in Clinton Township, Michigan, they probably assumed it was someone celebrating Christmas a little too early. Had they known the driver was a 13-year-old boy taking his 8-year-old sister for a joyride, presumably they would have stopped the black sedan at the lights less risking a high-speed chase. After initiating a traffic stop at around 11.30 pm at night, the driver stopped on the hard shoulder.

But, as you’ll see in the dashcam footage, before the deputy had the chance to inspect the car, the teen sped off. At this point, the deputy is still unaware of the occupants’ age, and after a brief chase, the 13-year-old loses control of Nissan, crossing a grassy median and two lanes of traffic before stopping in front of oncoming traffic.

Only when the boy and his sister try to flee on foot is the officer aware who he’s dealing with. “It’s a little kid,” the deputy tells his dispatcher. Obviously the young pair were quickly apprehended. The girl was returned to her mother, while the boy was charged with “unlawful driving, fleeing and eluding, and resisting and obstructing a police officer.” If you're wondering how the siblings managed to get hold of a car, apparently it belonged to their father's girlfriend. The kids waited for them to go to sleep before sneaking out and going for a late night cruise.

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