Police Chase Ensues After Boy Steals Forklift

(BrightPress.org) – A 12-year-old boy led Michigan police on a slow-speed chase after he stole a forklift from school property. Ann Arbor police report receiving a call around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 25th regarding a juvenile attempting to steal the forklift on the grounds of the Forsythe Middle School.

Officers said that shortly after the call, they received reports that the vehicle was seen driving without any lights on and they began pursuit. Dashcam video of the chase can be viewed here.

Officers pursued the vehicle with their lights and sirens on, but he continued driving around 15-20 miles per hour. Police said he hit approximately ten vehicles during the chase which took them into a neighborhood on Georgetown Boulevard.

Washtenaw County deputies then continued the chase after the boy took the vehicle over the M-14 bridge. Thirty minutes later he gave up near Gotfredson and was arrested.

The stolen vehicle was a Genie GTH-636 Telehandler which was unlocked with the keys hidden inside. Officers are continuing to investigate and the boy’s name was not released due to his status as a minor. The boy was placed in juvenile detention until he can be arraigned on charges. Thankfully no one was injured during the incident.

Sacramento police also dealt with a forklift theft and slow-speed chase back in October. The forklift was spotted shortly before midnight on October 29th. Cops pursued the vehicle on Fair Oaks Boulevard and attempted to stop the driver who refused to yield. He ultimately turned onto a bike trail and crashed into a fence.

Resident James Nunnely expressed shock that the police were chasing a forklift. He said it sounded like every officer in Sacramento was in his neighborhood.

Officers took 47-year-old Wayne Mathern into custody. He was charged with evading, vandalism, and resisting arrest.

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