CLINTON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – A 13-year-old Clinton Township boy is in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase along Metropolitan Parkway.
It began late Saturday night when the Macomb County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center broadcasted a BOL (be-on-the-lookout) for a black Nissan Altima that was reportedly driving erratically.READ MORE: Protestors In Detroit Petition To Grant Immigrant Status To Haitian Migrants
A deputy spotted the car stopped at a traffic light on Metro Parkway (16 Mile Road) and signaled for the driver to pull over. The driver complied, but as the deputy approached, the car sped away. Sheriff’s officials say the deputy pursued — not knowing who was in the car.
After weaving in and out of traffic, the car spun out of control near Harper, crossed the grassy median, and ended up on the wrong side of the road. Dash-cam video of the chase shows traffic stopped in time to avoid hitting the vehicle, in the eastbound lanes of Metro Parkway.
That’s when the teen and his 8-year-old sister, who was a passenger in the car, jumped out and ran away on foot. With the help of a Clinton Township police officer, the youngsters were caught.READ MORE: First Lady Jill Biden To Visit Royal Oak On Friday
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said investigators discovered the two had been staying with their father that night, and when he went to sleep, the siblings sneaked out and took his girlfriend’s car for a joy ride.
“One thing, you know, you learn in this business is you never can say that you’ve seen it all; and this is just another one of those incidents that you wouldn’t believe,” Wickersham said. “And, again, the deputy that was pursuing them did not expect to see a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old get out of a car and run away from the police.”
The girl was turned over to her mother, and the 13-year-old was taken to the Macomb Juvenile Justice Center with charges pending.
He faces a juvenile detention hearing Monday.MORE NEWS: Michigan Budget Boosts Child Care, Keeps Caregiver Pay Hike
No one was hurt.