13-year-old boy accused of leading police on 2 chases

Police: Boy stole dad's girlfriend's car
Posted at 7:59 AM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 13:31:09-04

A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody after authorities say he lead Mt. Pleasant Police officers on two high-speed chases Wednesday.

Police say officers tried to pull over the driver of a Dodge Journey at about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday because its headlights were not on.

The driver refused to pull over and officers began a 2.3 mile chase that started at STH 20 and Meadowlane Avenue in the Village of Mount Pleasant and continued into Racine.

The chase was terminated for safety reasons after the driver blew through multiple stop signs and traffic lights.

At about 2:45 a.m., officers spotted the same car driving west on STH 20 without its headlights on and again tried to stop it.

The driver refused to stop and again blew through traffic lights at speeds of up to 80 mph, according to a news release.

Officers terminated the chase and the boy was arrested when he pulled into the Sturtevant address where the car was registered.

Officials say the boy had taken the car from his dad's girlfriend without permission.

He faces numerous charges, including two counts of fleeing/eluding police and reckless driving.