Teen steals police car with tequila in hand
PALMER – Sunday evening left area officers on a hot pursuit lasting 30 minutes after a teenage boy stole a Palmer Police Car and took off with speeds reaching up to 120 miles per hour.
Around 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 Palmer Police Department reported to a disturbance call on the 100 block of Francis. When the officer arrived, the officer went through the front door as the 15-year-old boy went through the back door and made his way around to the front while the officer was making his way inside. The officer left his keys in the ignition.
“The kid walked out with a knife and a bottle of tequila in his hands and got in the car,” said Palmer Police Chief John Zaidle.
According to a news release by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, initial sighting of the stolen vehicle was by a Garrett police sergeant who attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle but the vehicle fled. An Ellis County deputy joined to assist the Garrett officer and as the pursuit entered Ennis, an Ennis police officer joined to assist. The pursuit continued into Bardwell at which time the Ennis officer pulled off as Garrett and Ellis County continued.
“After about 10 minutes, we were able to locate the stolen car and that’s when he didn’t stop and was going though the towns of Garrett , Ennis and Bardwell,” said Zaidle.
Even though the kid, who’s name isn’t being release since he’s a juvenile, left with a bottle of tequila in his hand, Zaidle is not exactly sure how much he actually had, if any of it.
“I don’t believe he was intoxicated at the time of the theft,” said Zaidle.
The pursuit ended near a relative of the boy’s home near FM-55 and Wakeland Road, north of Avalon.
“He had came to a stop and jumped out of the vehicle, continuing to flee on foot.”
The ECSO K-9 unit deployed when the driver refused commands to stop. According to reports he was detained and bit by the dog and treated for stitches while being quickly apprehended and turned over to Palmer Police Department.
“He was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and from there he will be taken to Green Oaks,” said Zaidle.
No one else was injured during the chase and the squad car had only minor scratches and indents after hitting a temporary stop sign on North Kaufman Street in Ennis.
“The dad told me he was to be taken on Monday (Jan. 9) to an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center for treatment, which would have been his 16th birthday,” said Zaidle.