12-year-old leads police on car chase
A 12-year-old boy was eventually stopped March 14 after he was involved in a hit and run while driving a stolen vehicle.
Goose Creek Police Department officers were dispatched March 14 at about 5:45 p.m. to the scene of a hit and run in the parking lot of Walmart located at 605 St. James Avenue, according to a statement issued by GCPD.
Officers located the vehicle, a 2005 Mercury Mariner, traveling eastbound on U.S.-176 passing Thomason Boulevard. Officers attempted making a traffic stop after identifying the vehicle with frontend damage and verifying it was the one involved in the hit and run, according to GCPD.
The suspect failed to stop for blue lights and continued to travel from U.S.-176 onto U.S.-52.
The vehicle proceeded on U.S.-52 under the U.S.-78 overpass then took a left into the grass median and cut across to access the U.S.-78 ramp. The suspect vehicle never went into oncoming traffic as it reentered the roadway, according to a police report.
The suspect vehicle maneuvered around stop sticks laid down by North Charleston Police Department officers near Remount Road and travelled east onto Interstate 26.
North Charleston Police Department laid another set of stop sticks down just past Montague Avenue and successfully deflated both passenger side tires of the suspect vehicle.
The vehicle came to a stop near mile marker 214 with North Charleston units initiating a felony stop on the vehicle. Two officers approached the driver’s door as other officers covered them, according to the report.
The juvenile was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with possessing a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for a blue light, leaving the scene of an accident involving an unattended vehicle and driving without a license.
Police contacted a local representative from the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and the suspect was transferred to their custody, according to the report.