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Video: 10-year-old allegedly steals SUV to visit mother, leads police on swerving interstate chase

Image source: Michigan State Police screenshot

Police apprehended a 10-year-old boy who allegedly stole an SUV and led officers on a chase down a Michigan interstate, MLive and Michigan State Police reported.

The Buick Encore driven by the child was stolen from a residence on Hess Avenue in Buena Vista, Michigan, state police from the bay region's third district said in a release on social media.

The boy, who had apparently been staying with relatives, had hoped to go to visit his mother over Memorial Day weekend, police told MLive. Buena Vista is only about eight miles from Detroit.

Police say Saginaw County Central Dispatch received a call from OnStar that the stolen vehicle was heading south on Interstate 75.

OnStar is a subscription-based service for vehicles that, among other features, allows remote access to a vehicle, including bringing it to a stop.

Troopers located the SUV near the Birch Run exit. When they attempted to stop the driver, however, the driver did not comply.

The Trooper drove behind the juvenile for about a mile with lights and sirens activated while the vehicle was being disabled remotely.

The silent, 31-second video provided by MSP's Third District shows the car swerving from lane to lane with its hazard lights flashing. The video was captured on the troopers' dash cam.

Fortunately, through OnStar, the vehicle eventually came safely to a stop after grazing a guardrail along the interstate.

The caper did not end there, however. After the car came to a stop, the boy climbed over to the passenger side of the car and took off on foot into some nearby woods. He did not get far, though, before troopers caught up with him.

Authorities say no one was injured in the potentially deadly incident.

The boy was taken to Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center but was no longer in custody there as of Monday, MLive reported.

The boy faces several counts, including unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding police, and assaulting, resisting, or obstructing police, the outlet also reported.

Watch the video from Michigan State Police Bay Region's Third District of a chase down Interstate 75 involving a 10-year-old boy in an allegedly stolen 2017 silver Buick Encore.

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