Police Chase After 12yo Who Stole Forklift

Police in Ann Arbor, Michigan arrested a 12-year-old boy who stole a construction vehicle and led police on a lumbering chase through the streets of the city, MLive reported.

At about 6:45 p.m. on November 25, police responded to Forsythe Middle School in Ann Arbor after receiving a report of a stolen construction vehicle, according to a news release from the police department.

As officers were responding, they spotted the vehicle on Brooks Street near Pearl and initiated a pursuit with lights and sirens. The slow-moving vehicle driving between 15 and 20 miles per hour then led police on a chase, some of which was captured on video by a motorist and on police dash cam footage.

The police chased the stolen vehicle through the Georgetown Boulevard neighborhood. On the way, the driver slammed into at least ten cars that were parked along the side of the road.

The driver turned onto Nixon Road near the M-14 Bridge at around 7:20 p.m. At this point, the Ann Arbor police suspended their pursuit of the vehicle while deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s took over the case.

Shortly before 8:00 p.m., the stolen vehicle stopped near Gotfredson Road and M-14 where deputies took the driver into custody. Since the suspect was only 12 years old, he was transported to the juvenile detention center.

According to Ann Arbor Police, the construction vehicle was a Construction Genie GTH-636 Telehandler. The vehicle weighs up to 35,000 pounds and includes a forklift.

Police said the boy was able to steal the vehicle because the key was hidden inside the cab which had been left unlocked.

While several parked vehicles were damaged in the low-speed pursuit, no injuries were reported.

In a statement on the incident, Ann Arbor Police said while no one was hurt, the incident was still a “very dangerous situation” that could have easily resulted in serious injuries.