Posted 11:15 AM April 17, 2006
12-year-old driver leads police chase at 100 mph, crashes car
The Noblesville Ledger
April 17, 2006
CARMEL -- A Peru, Ind., boy remained in critical condition Monday morning at Methodist Hospital after crashing a car into a tree at 136th Street and U.S. 31.
Carmel Assistant Police Chief Tim Green said it's still unknown why the 12-year-old boy was driving a 1993 Dodge Intrepid at speeds up to 100 mph early Sunday morning.
According to the Westfield Police Department, which is investigating for criminal charges, Westfield and Hamilton County Sheriff's Department officers responded at 4:07 a.m. to a possible drunken driver traveling south on U.S. 31 from 246th Street.
Officers followed the car south from 216th Street and 196th Street and tried to stop it at U.S. 31 and Indiana 32. The car didn't stop and was traveling erratically, a press release said.
The car then went south through a red light at 161st Street and U.S. 31. It went off the road at 4:16 a.m., headed into a ditch and then went up a hill before striking a tree at 136th Street and U.S. 31.
Green said the boy, who police are not identifying, was trapped in the vehicle for a short time. He was flown to the Indianapolis hospital for treatment.
"We've had instances of where young people were driving in cars, but nothing like this and at such a high speed," Green said.