Boy, 10, behind wheel in high-speed chase

Staff Report

Pushing the needle past 100 mph, a 10-year-old boy drove through three counties early Thursday with police in pursuit.

The boy was behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It was reportedly his mother’s car.

Westlake police tried to stop the young alleged thief around 9:30 a.m. as it zoomed west on Interstate 90 in Cuyahoga County. State troopers joined the chase when it reached the Ohio Turnpike.

A rolling roadblock was used to slow the fleeing vehicle.

During the roadblock, a trooper made eye contact with the driver and directed him to pull over, but was ignored, the Patrol said.

A short time later, troopers placed stop-sticks on the road. The 10-year-old drove into a ditch to avoid the spikes.

According to the Patrol, troopers blocked any exit from the ditch and rammed the car to stop the pursuit.

Amherst police were not involved in the pursuit or roadblock, said Lt. Mark Cawthon. But the chase did pass through the city on its 45-mile trek, ending near mile marker 121 on the Turnpike near Berlin Heights.

The boy was removed and taken into custody without injury. He was taken to Fisher Titus Medical Center in Erie County for evaluation.

The boy was set to be placed in the custody of Erie County Children Services.

Staff Report