12-year-old Boy stole forklift and took police on 15mph police chase for half an hour
A 12-year-old boy stole a forklift from Forsythe Middle School in Michigan and struck at least 10 cars (Picture: Ann Arbor Police Department)
A 12-year-old boy is in detention after he took police on one of the world’sslowest police chases.
The unnamed youth allegedly stole a forklift truck from a middle school in the dead of night and then went on a rampage.
It didn’t take long for police to catch up with him in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They said he crashed into at least 10 parked vehiclesas he headed at speeds of between 15 and 20mph through residential streets.
He failed to stop at junctions and at times travelled down the middle of the road.
At one point while turning the corner, the boy drives the forklift onto a curb and runs over a street sign on the sidewalk, before continuing to flee from cops.
Cops responded to Forsythe Middle School at around 6.45pm on Saturday to a report of a juvenile trying to steal a construction vehicle.
Michigan police led on low speed chase after 12-year-old steals forklift
They found the stolen vehicle going southbound on Brooks Street near Pearl Street, without lights on.
‘Multiple officers initiated a pursuit of the vehicle at speeds of 15 to 20mph with emergency lights and sirens on,’ stated the police department on Monday.
Multiple police officers initiated a pursuit of the vehicle at speeds of 15 to 20mph with emergency lights and sirens on (Picture: Ann Arbor Police Department)
Cops followed the forklift until it began moving northbound on Nixon Road across the Michigan 14 highway (M-14) bridge around 7.18pm. Then Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputies began following the forklift until the boy stopped driving around M-14 and Godfredson.
Deputies took the boy into custody and brought him to a juvenile detention center.
No one was injured during the chase.
The boy allegedly unlocked the Construction Genie GTH-636 Telehandler equipped with a forklift using a key that was hidden inside the cab, according to a preliminary investigation. That type of vehicle can weigh as much as 35,000 pounds.
‘This was a very dangerous situation that could’ve easily ended with serious injuries,’ stated the police department, which is conducting a criminal investigation.
The incident happened nearly a year after a 13-year-old girl led cops on a chase in a Nissan Pathfinder SUV with an 11-year-old boy, a gun and marijuana inside. However, it was a high-speed chase at more than 100mph.