10-Year-Old Busted For Stealing Car - Again - After Leading Cops On High-Speed Chase

Kids will be kids, and mistakes come with the territory. That’s all part of growing up, and there’s a ton of lessons to be learned from those mistakes that kids can carry on for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, some kids don’t take those lessons to heart, and that leads them to make the same mistakes again and again. That’s certainly the case for this 10-year-old boy in Cleveland, but it’s awfully tough to label his dangerous behavior as a simple mistake.

As the New York Daily News shares, the kid has been popped for stealing his family’s car and taking it on a joyride. This latest transgression came just a week after he pulled the same stunt.

It gets worse. For his latest escapade, he would kick things up a notch and lead cops on an incredibly dangerous chase that saw him reach speeds of nearly 100 MPH.

The kid was reportedly waiting for his older sister to take him to school around 8:30 am. It appears that he grew tired of waiting, so he determined that the best course of action was to snatch the keys and hop in the car for a spin. His mom quickly realized what happened, and she hopped in another car to follow him as she alerted police.

“Oh my f****** God. My son’s going to kill himself before you guys get here,” the woman told 911.

We can certainly understand her distress, as her young child was throttling down the highway at breakneck speeds. Dashcam footage from responding officers has been released, and it’s nothing short of chilling. The chase lasted for a mind-blowing 45 miles, and it only ended when they were able to force the kid to crash into a police cruiser.

The kid is incredibly lucky to be alive, and the family is ridiculously fortunate that he didn’t take the life of anyone else during his dangerous stunt. While the boy’s transgression is alarming on a standalone basis, it becomes all the more frightening when you consider that he also took his mom’s car for a joyride the week before. That one only ended when he wound up with three flat tires.

The child's father, Christopher Hampton, offered up some comments to local station News 5.

"He thinks everything is funny," Hampton said. "He thinks because he got away with it the first time, they ain't going to do nothing to him this time."

Alright. We’re not going to throw stones at parenting styles from afar, but the responsibility of driving the point home on how wrong he was the first time around falls squarely on the parents. Perhaps they did just that and the child continued to act out. If that’s the case, then it’s time for them to look into getting some professional help.

We would assume they’ll have little trouble getting to the heart of the matter this time around, as the boy has been charged with felony fleeing and eluding. It’s unclear if he’ll be remanded to stay in a juvenile detention facility, but that may be the best course of action based on his blatant disregard for things.

Source: NY Daily News, New York Post
Photo: YouTube

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