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Police say 10-year-old led them on three-county car chase

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Police say a 10-year-old boy led them on a high speed car chase across three counties this morning before the vehicle was rammed into submission.

According to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a vehicle was reported stolen in Westlake and found traveling west on Interstate 90 around 9:30 a.m. Westlake police pursued the vehicle through Lorain County, and state troopers gave pursuit once the vehicle entered the Ohio Turnpike.

Speeds reached 100 mph briefly before the stolen vehicle was slowed with a rolling roadblock. According to the news release, one trooper made eye contact with the driver and directed him to pull over. The driver refused.

Once into Erie County, the boy drove into a ditch to avoid stop sticks set up on the highway. Cruisers blocked the vehicle from returning to the road and used intentional contact to stop the vehicle, which sustained incapacitating damage, as did one cruiser.

No injuries were reported. The boy was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for evaluation, and will then be placed into custody with Erie County Children Services. The case has been referred to the Erie County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges.

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