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Cleveland 11-year-old steals mom's car, crashes after high-speed pursuit ends

The boy suffered minor injuries in the crash.

BROOKLYN, Ohio -- An 11-year-old boy is facing felony charges after he stole his mother's car and crashed it after a high-speed pursuit ended Sunday.

The pursuit began just before 11 p.m. when a Brooklyn police officer spotted a black Dodge Durango pull into the driveway of the old, vacant Brooklyn Fire Department building. When the officer activated lights, the Durango fled onto Memphis Avenue and crossed the double yellow line.

The car sped through a red light at the Ridge Road intersection and the driver turned off the headlights.

Officers pursued the car as it continued southbound on Pearl Road. Police say the driver operated the car recklessly and reached speeds above 70 miles per hour, driving through several red lights.

Parma Heights police acquired the chase at Snow and Pearl roads until dispatch received a call from a man who stated his 11-year-old son was driving the Durango after stealing it from his mother. Police ended their pursuit upon learning a child was the driver.

The man called Brooklyn police again around 11:30 p.m. to report his son had crashed the car into a parked truck in the 900 block of W. Schaaf Road in Cleveland. The boy was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with minor injuries.

The boy said during an interview with his parents and officers that he was not being pursued by police when he crashed the car. Police say the boy admitted to crashing because he was not paying attention.

Police also say the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office will file charges against the boy.