Boy, 13, leads police on high-speed chase with 8-year-old sister in car

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published December 21, 2015


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies took a 13-year-old boy into custody Dec. 19 after he led them on a high-speed chase on Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile) with his 8-year-old sister in the passenger’s seat.

According to the sheriff’s report, deputies received a notification at 11:30 p.m. to be on the lookout for a black Nissan Altima that was reportedly driving erratically.

One deputy spotted the vehicle as it was stopped at a red light on westbound Metropolitan Parkway near Harper Avenue in Clinton Township. When the light turned green, the deputy followed and initiated a traffic stop to check on the driver. According to the deputy, the driver pulled over, however, before the deputy could approach the vehicle, the driver fled westbound on Metropolitan Parkway at a high rate of speed.

Lt. John Michalke with the sheriff’s department reports that the deputy pursued the fleeing vehicle still unaware of the identity of the occupants. After a short pursuit, the driver of the Nissan lost control, spun out in the road, crossed the grassy median and ended up in the lanes of eastbound Metropolitan Parkway.

The driver and the passenger then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. With help from a Clinton Township police officer, the two occupants were caught.

The driver was identified as a 13-year-old boy from Clinton Township, and the passenger was his 8-year-old sister.

The report states that both children were transported to the sheriff’s office, and the girl was eventually turned over to her mother. The 13-year-old was brought to the Macomb Juvenile Justice Center and was subject of a juvenile detention hearing on Dec. 21.

Michalke said the car belonged to the girlfriend of the children’s father. He said no charges are expected against the parents as they 13-year-old took the car without permission while their father was sleeping.