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12-year-old car thief leads Delaware police on high-speed chase before crashing

2020-07-22

This fast and furious tyke just got busted.

Police arrested an alleged juvenile car thief, a 12-year-old boy, after he crashed after a high-speed pursuit.

Delaware State Police said the boy stole a red 2003 Ford Ranger from a the parking lot of a Wawa gas station/convenience store in New Castle on Saturday, getting behind the wheel while the truck’s owner, who had left the vehicle running and the doors unlocked, was using an ATM.

The owner reported the car stolen shortly after noon when he left the store and saw the truck being driven away.

After police caught up with the boy behind a motel, he refused to get out of the truck and sped away, leading police on a chase. At one point, the boy crashed into parked car, performed a u-turn and then crashed into a guard rail after speeding up and trying to turn.

After crashing the second time, the boy attempted to flee on foot but was caught by troopers.

The boy has not been identified by state police was released on $8,008 bond after being charged with three felonies, including theft of a motor vehicle, hindering prosecution and disregarding a police officer signal.

The boy was also hit with several lesser charges including resisting arrest, driving without a valid license and two counts of failure to remain within a single lane.

With News Wire Services