12-Year Old Steals Forklift, Leads Police On Low-Speed Chase In Michigan

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Ann Arbor Police Department

I can’t say this was top of mind of what you could get away with stealing when I was a kid.

But this 12-year-old had other plans. NBC News released police dashcam footage of a minor who stole a forklift from a construction site near school, taking police on a multi-county chase.

The forklift, a Construction Genie GTH-636 Telehandler equipped with a forklift weighing up to 35,000 pounds, was stolen from outside Forsythe Middle School. The boy found a key inside the cab and took it as a green light to take the heavy machinery for a joy ride.

During the hour-long police chase, the boy struck ten parked cars, and thankfully, no injuries occurred.

Ann Arbor police said in an official statement:

“This was a very dangerous situation that could’ve easily ended with serious injuries. The incident remains an active and ongoing criminal investigation.”

Police started following the minor around 6:45 PM when they found the forklift being driven down the road until 7:20 PM when the child left county lines. The neighboring county then picked up the chase from Ann Arbor’s police team, where they followed the forklift till 8 PM, when he stopped driving.

While I don’t think I’d want to position myself in front of a forklift, with the chase topping at 20 miles per hour speeds, it seems like this was a little drawn out.

Since this incident is with a minor, his identity has not been released, but he was taken into juvenile custody upon the conclusion of the chase. From the dash cam footage, you can see this kid is just taking outside mirror after side mirror while trying to stay in this lane.

Hope this kid enjoyed his Ricky Bobby moment because I have a feeling he will be on a tight leash from his parents after this.

@nbcnews A 12-year-old boy lead police on a slow chase in a #stolen construction #forklift in Ann Arbor, #Michigan ♬ original sound – nbcnews

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