A scenario seemingly straight out of a “Grand Theft Auto” video game occurred in southeastern Minnesota on Sunday.
An 11-year-old boy stole a cement truck, prompting a high-speed chase with authorities that involved several law enforcement agencies and a police helicopter.
At approximately 3 p.m. on March 20, the child stole the cement mixer from a contractor in Dodge Center, Minnesota. The chase, which was captured on video by several eyewitnesses, lasted over an hour and reached speeds upwards of 70 mph (about 114 km/h). An officer initially attempted to pull the truck over for speeding and “lane violations,” according to police radio.
CBS Minnesota reports that Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and police from Kasson and Dodge Center were involved in the pursuit.
In the videos, the cement truck can been seen barreling down Highway 14 and through Dodge Center. The juvenile continued to flee after having his right front tire flattened by authorities’s stop sticks. When the cement mixer’s damaged tire blew out, the boy continued driving at over 7o mph only on the rim, causing significant damage to roads.
Over police radio, authorities noted that his parents started to follow their son in a black SUV, possibly in an attempt to stop the juvenile. The boy was eventually caught when he stopped the mixer in a cul-de-sac and attempted to flee on foot.
No one was injured in the chase, though the child collided with two squads cars, causing significant damage them, and to the cement truck.
The pre-teen is being held in at a juvenile detention center in Rochester, Minnesota. Charges are expected to filed on March 21.