11-year-old steals concrete mixer, leads police on high-speed chase

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Updated Apr 9, 2016


A dangerous joyride in Minnesota provided another tough lesson on why you should never leave your keys behind in the ignition.

An 11-year-old was arrested March 20 in Dodge Center after commandeering a cement truck and leading police in a dangerous pursuit that lasted for over an hour.

While no one was hurt, police report that the juvenile struck and damaged at least two police cars. The chase reached speeds of up to 80 mph.

The boy took the truck after finding the keys in the ignition, Inside Edition reports.

As you can see in the first video below, Dodge City residents watched and recorded the action in the small city about 75 miles southeast of Minneapolis as the boy drove the truck repeatedly around an otherwise idyllic neighborhood with police following close behind.

Not long after striking a nail strip, the right front tire came off the truck, but the boy kept driving, causing more damage to the truck and road.

After coming to a stop in a cul-de-sac, the boy attempted to run from police but was quickly apprehended. He told at least one officer that his father had taught him how to drive and that he was sorry for having stolen the truck, according to fox9.com.

A witness said he could see the boy “smiling, hooting and hollering” as he was being chased by police in the neighborhood.

The second video below shows the chase in its fastest moments as police followed behind at high speeds on a nearby highway.