03/19/2008

Texas boy leads officers on chase

By Renee C. Lee
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Texas — A 13-year-old boy was in custody Tuesday, accused of stealing a car and evading arrest following separate pursuits with Harris County sheriff's deputies and Houston police officers.

The incident ended with him crashing into a concrete barrier, authorities said.

The boy led Houston police on a chase when officers tried to stop him for a traffic violation on Interstate 45 near Monroe around 4 a.m. Tuesday, said Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon.

Once officers discovered the 2006 silver Pontiac G6 the boy was driving was stolen from the Conroe area, they turned on the patrol car lights and siren, but the boy refused to stop, Cannon said.

The pursuit continued south on the Gulf Freeway where the boy exited at Edgewood, south of Beltway 8. He then made a U-turn, drove north on the Gulf Freeway for several miles before he slammed into a concrete barrier and sideswiped a passing vehicle in the 8400 block of the Gulf Freeway, Cannon said.

The driver of the passing vehicle was not hurt, but the boy was treated for minor injuries.

Shortly before the chase with the Houston police, the boy had been involved in a 20-mile pursuit with Harris County sheriff's deputies, Cannon said. The deputies called off the chase on I-45 in the same vicinity where Houston police spotted the boy making a traffic violation, said Cannon, who did not know where the chase with the deputies started.

The owner of the car was in the process of reporting to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office that the vehicle was stolen when the chase occurred, he said. The car was stolen about 2 a.m., he said. The owner knew the boy, but he was not a relative, he said.

The boy is in custody at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest, a felony charge, Cannon said.

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