Go back to when you were 12 and in 6th or 7th grade. Now imagine (allegedly) having the balls at 12 to steal a guy’s 2003 Ford Ranger while it was left running and the windows down at a Delaware Wawa. I remember being that old and wondering if I’d ever have to work after my grandmother bought me a 1989 Griffey Jr. Upper Deck RC. There were also moments at that age where I would defy my baseball coach and go swimming on gamedays.
Stealing a Ford Ranger and running from cops? That would be a big no from 12-year-old me, dawg. Not only would I lose my Griffey Jr. RC, but I would’ve lost my swimming pool pass and the right to play baseball.
But it’s 2020 and there Ain’t No Laws When You’re Drinkin’ The Claws and apparently when Ford Rangers are left running and Rosco P. Coltrane is chasing little Bo Duke. The chase was on and when the dust settled, the bad boy for life had crashed twice, and cops hit him with 13 charges and three felonies!
The charges slapped on the 12-year-old boy:
- Theft of a Motor Vehicle (felony)
- Hindering Prosecution (felony)
- Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (felony)
- Resisting Arrest
- Leaving the Scene of Property Collision Accident
- Driving Without a Valid License
- Careless Driving
- Driving Vehicle at Unreasonable or Imprudent Speed (2 counts)
- Failure to Stop At a Stop Sign
- Failed to remain within a single lane (2 counts)
- Failure to Report a Collision
Troopers canvassed the area and located the stolen vehicle in a parking lot behind a local area motel. A traffic stop was initiated, but the driver refused to stop and pulled out of the parking lot onto Eastbound West Ave. The pursuit continued onto Lambson Lane where the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a parked car on the 200 block of Lambson Lane. After the crash, the suspect performed a U-turn and began traveling Westbound on West Ave. at a high rate of speed. In the area of 11th Street the suspect failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of his vehicle, and crashed into a guardrail. The juvenile suspect then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. After a brief foot pursuit Troopers took the suspect into custody.
Imagine little Bradley checking in with his socially distanced 7th grade class via Zoom here in a few weeks while wearing an ankle tracking device. Teacher asks everyone to tell what they did over summer. Bradley proceeds to hold up court documents.