Twelve-year-old leads police on chase in stolen forklift

ANN ARBOR, MI – A 12-year-old boy from Michigan led police on a low-speed chase in a stolen forklift, causing minor chaos before his arrest on Saturday evening, as reported by the Ann Arbor Police Department.

The police were alerted to the situation around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, when they received a call about a juvenile attempting to steal a construction vehicle from Forsythe Middle School. Shortly after the call, officers spotted the stolen vehicle being driven without lights.

The ensuing chase saw the young boy leading officers on a 15 to 20 miles per hour pursuit. The chase extended through the Georgetown Boulevard neighborhood, during which the boy collided with approximately ten parked cars.

At 7:18 p.m., the chase was handed over to Washtenaw County deputies after the boy crossed the M-14 bridge, a maneuver that led Ann Arbor police to terminate their pursuit. Nearly half an hour later, the boy was finally apprehended near Gotfredson.

The stolen vehicle, identified as a Genie GTH-636 Telehandler, had been left unlocked with the key hidden inside at the middle school. The incident is still under active investigation by the local authorities.