13-year-old leads JPD on wild chase

13-year-old boy leads JPD on wild chase

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The chase covered miles of Jonesboro streets hitting speeds of 100 miles per hour. It ended with the driver in handcuffs who isn't even old enough to have a learner's permit.

The report from Jonesboro police details a wild ride for the 13-year-old driver of a van at 2:20 Monday morning.

According to the report from Officer Cory Medley, he tried to pull the boy over on Highland Drive after he noticed the van leave the Walmart parking lot with no lights on.

That's when the driver suddenly accelerated, driving erratically over both lanes. Medley noted the driver hit 100 miles per hour.

Medley discontinued his pursuit after the driver nearly lost control near the intersection of Highland and South Culberhouse.

Other officers picked up the pursuit on Southwest Drive.

The driver didn't stop until he took officers into the west part of Jonesboro, eventually stopping near the entrance to the Strawfloor Cemetery.

Once he was in handcuffs, he told officers that he was "looking for his brother" and that he was in trouble.

Officers called the child's mother. She said she did not realize he had sneaked out of a window and was gone.

The teen was transported to the Craighead County Detention Center Juvenile Department.

He is facing charges of felony fleeing, reckless driving, fleeing in a vehicle and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

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