14-year-old accused of leading deputies on chase in stolen '67 Mustang

14-year-old accused of leading deputies on chase in stolen '67 Mustang

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Kershaw County Sheriff's deputies say they arrested a 14-year-old who ran from officers in a stolen car Monday morning.

Sheriff James Matthews says at about 7:15 a.m. Monday, 911 received a call that someone was driving a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible in a reckless manner on Highway 1 between Elgin and Lugoff headed towards Camden.

"We just happened to have a deputy nearby who got in behind the car to stop him with his blue lights and so forth," Matthews said.

A Kershaw County deputy made an attempt to stop the car, but the driver sped away. Authorities notified Camden Police who were able to deploy spike strips to stop the driver on Springdale Drive.

The teen ran over the spike strips, causing all four tires to deflate.

Sheriff Matthews says one of his deputies cut his hand to the point where he needed stitches after breaking a window to ultimately get the uncooperative teenager out of the car.

A deputy used his Taser on the teen, but the suspect continued to struggle until he was the recipient of a second Taser cycle, authorities said. The teen was then taken into custody.

Following his apprehension, the suspect told deputies he was 14 years old. Deputies also discovered that the Mustang had been stolen at about 4:00 a.m. from the Salt Pond Feed and Seed.

The teen is being charged with grand larceny of an auto, failure to stop for a blue light, and resisting arrest.

"He needs some serious intervention," Matthews said. "At 14 years old, leading the cops on a chase, fighting with the police, he's got some issues that need to be dealt with. I'll leave that with the people that deal with juveniles to figure out what that is."

According to Kershaw County authorities, the Department of Juvenile Justice advised the sheriff's office to consult with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office in order to determine if the teenager should be held in custody by DJJ or released to his parents. KCSO officials say an assistant solicitor who handles juvenile cases has advised the investigator to release the teenager to his parents.

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