Middle Schooler Steals a Forklift and Leads Police on a Chase

(PatriotWise.com) — A 12-year-old Ann Arbor, Michigan, boy was arrested on Saturday after stealing a forklift and leading police on a chase, MLive reported.

Ann Arbor police were called to Forsythe Middle School at about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a report about a stolen construction vehicle, according to a press release from the Ann Arbor Police Department.

While responding to the call, officers spotted the vehicle being driven on Brooks Street near Pearl. Police initiated a pursuit of the slow-moving vehicle with lights and sirens, traveling 15 to 20 miles per hour in what could be described as a low-speed chase.

The driver of the stolen vehicle led police through the Georgetown Boulevard neighborhood, slamming into at least ten parked cars along the way.

When the vehicle turned north onto Nixon Road across from the M-14 Bridge at about 7:20 p.m., the Ann Arbor police suspended the chase, and Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies took over the pursuit.

Just before 8:00 p.m., the forklift stopped near Gotfredson Road and M-14 where the driver, a 12-year-old boy, was taken into custody and transported to the juvenile detention center.

According to the police, the vehicle stolen by the boy was a Construction Genie GTH-636 Telehandler, which weighs up to 35,000 pounds and includes a forklift. The cab of the vehicle was reportedly left unlocked, with the key hidden inside.

No injuries were reported during the more than one-hour low-speed pursuit, a portion of which was captured on video by passing motorists and on a police dash camera.

In a statement posted on social media, the Ann Arbor Police said the incident was a “very dangerous situation” that easily could have resulted in serious injuries.

According to the police, the criminal investigation is still ongoing, and the case remains active.

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