An 11-year-old boy in Louisiana has been criminally charged after police say he went on a Sunday morning joyride and stole a school bus. The boy driver crashed into a few vehicles during the high-speed police chase.
The young grand theft auto committing boy was chased by multiple police vehicles on a pursuit through the streets of Baton Rouge that lasted 13-miles before the boy crashed the school bus into a tree and was then arrested, local news WBRZ reported. Authorities said the child flipped the middle finger at officers as he sped past them driving the bus.
There are videos on social media from witnesses that recorded part of the pursuit. One clip shows more than a dozen police cars chasing after the bus.
Mane that li boy was GONE🤣😩. Never a dull day here in BR pic.twitter.com/I0ZHSae0QL
— Pretty on Purpose 💅🏽✨ (@lyntrielle) October 11, 2020
The boy’s identity has not been released because he is an underage minor. The kid struck three vehicles before he finally crashed the bus into a tree and came to a complete stop. The crash also ruptured a gas line that had to be repaired, but thankfully, it didn’t ignite.
The child was booked into the Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center and is facing charges including vehicle theft, three counts of property damage, aggravated flight, and one count of aggravated assault for intentionally crashing into at least one of the three vehicles, according to The Advocate.
The school bus is equipped with a push-to-start ignition, so no key was required to start the vehicle. Authorities said the boy was too short to reach the gas and brake pedals while sitting, so he would’ve had to stand up to control the bus and drive. There is an ongoing investigation into the incident.
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