14-year-old boy crashes parents' SUV to end joyride

A 14-year-old North Muskegon boy's joyride was cut short Saturday morning after his vehicle crashed into a power pole south of Grand Haven, near Hayes Street and U.S. 31. Police said the incident began when the 14-year-old took his parents sport utility vehicle for a ride. The parents were asleep at the time and didn't know the vehicle was taken, said Capt. Rick Yonker of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.
Alex Doty
Aug 15, 2011


Yonker said the teen was observed driving erratically at Beacon Boulevard and Fulton Avenue, and that’s when Grand Haven public safety officers began to pursue the vehicle. The teen then ran a stoplight at Beacon and Washington Avenue, at which time police began to activate lights and sirens.

After a short pursuit in which speeds eventually went as high as 80 mph, the driver of the SUV tried making a hard turn onto westbound Hayes, but instead crashed the GMC Yukon into a power pole and rolled into a culvert, Yonker said.

Yonker said the boy was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital for treatment and eventually released to his parents.

The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office and Family Court, Yonker said.


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