12-year-old steals police cruiser, leads officers on chase

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FLINT, Mich. – Authorities say a 12-year-old Michigan boy stole a police cruiser and led officers on a chase that ended when he was boxed in by other law enforcement vehicles.

Flint police Chief Tim Johnson says no one was hurt. He says police responded to a call Tuesday morning about a man having trouble with his son and the boy locked himself inside the father’s vehicle. Johnson says the father was talking with an officer when the child jumped into the police SUV.

The chief says the chase ended about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away when another police vehicle and a Genesee County sheriff’s vehicle boxed the SUV in.

Johnson says the child may have been having a mental or psychological issue. He’ll get an evaluation.

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