Slidell PD: 14-year-old joyrider takes police on high-speed chase

Slidell PD: 14-year-old joyrider takes police on high-speed chase

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Slidell police arrested a 14-year-old boy after he lead police on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash.

Police say that around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers tried to pull over the driver of a Lexus SUV for driving with no headlights. A chase ensued and officers followed the vehicle through Olde Town Slidell before the Lexus crashed head-on with another vehicle on Bayou Liberty Road.

Following the crash, the driver got out and ran. He was later taken into custody by Slidell Police K-9 Quest and his handler, officer Clint McCall. Police identified the 14-year-old as a Slidell native.

Investigators learned that the vehicle belonged the the father of one of the boy's friends. The vehicle was for sale and the boy said that he was taking the vehicle for a "test drive" because he was interested in purchasing it. Police say that investigators weren't buying the boy's story.

Officers called the owner of the vehicle who said that it was for sale, but he did not give the 14-year-old permission to drive the SUV. Investigators later learned that the 14-year-old took the keys to the vehicle and the owner, nor his son knew.

The teen told police that he fled from authorities because he knew that he didn't have a driver's license and that he didn't want to go to jail. Both the teen and the driver that was struck were taken to local hospitals for treatment for minor injuries. The teen was booked in jail for aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by violence, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, negligent injury, no headlights, no driver's license and unauthorized use of a movable.

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