12-year-old steals, crashes Flint Police Department patrol car
(9/25/2018) - A 12-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly stealing and crashing a Flint Police Department patrol car Tuesday morning.
Police responded to the boy's residence to diffuse a domestic disturbance involving him and his father on the 3300 block of Millbourne Ave in Flint's north side. When police arrived the boy had locked himself in his father's car.
While police were talking with the boy's father, he hopped in the patrol car and took off.
The boy led police on a chase with speeds reaching 83 mph at one point, Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said. But Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson said that wasn't the case.
"I think that would have turned into a more scary incident because a 12 year old driving at that rate of speed could have did some serious damage," said Johnson.
Already trying to bring this situation to safe finish, tensions rose when the boy made a call on the police radio asking officers to take his life.
The chase lasted about eight minutes before a sheriff deputy got in front of the stolen Flint patrol car and the vehicles crashed head-on on Clio Road near Sonny Avenue.
A road construction barrel was wedged underneath the stolen patrol car when the chase ended.
The 12-year-old was treated at the scene for undisclosed injuries and taken to an area hospital. Pickell said the boy is a “troubled young kid,” but wasn't sure injuries the boy received.
There was no immediate word on injuries to the sheriff deputy in the other vehicle involved in the crash.
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