LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — An 11-year-old Fort Stewart child led police on a high-speed chase through Hinesville into Midway Wednesday morning.
According to Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dennis Poulson the child took a Dodge Ram that belonged to his stepfather and drove into Hinesville. The child turned into the Cadence bank parking lot on West Gen. Screven Way where he allegedly hit an ATM machine and caused minor damage around 11 a.m.
Bank employees reported the accident and an alert was put out for a black 2022 Dodge Ram pickup truck with a drive-off tag. A Hinesville police officer spotted the vehicle driving recklessly on West Oglethorpe Highway in the direction of Midway and attempted to stop it.
The child allegedly continued to increase his speed when he struck an SUV driven by a 16-year-old girl near Wallace Martin Drive and East Oglethorpe. The crash caused damage to the left front fender. The Hinesville police officer broke off the chase once it entered county jurisdiction.
Liberty County Sheriffs deputies picked up the chase where speeds reached upwards of 100 mph as they headed into Midway. The child allegedly continued on into Midway where deputies were unable to stop him due to erratic driving.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper, David Laff, the child attempted to turn onto I-95 south when he missed the roadway driving onto the grassy area and eventually bogged down in a muddy area and was stopped. The truck has minor damage.
According to Poulson, the child was released to his mother and is being charged with theft by receiving stolen property, fleeing, no seatbelt and no license. He was not taken to the Youth Detention Center in Claxton because of his age.
No one was injured as a result of the chase.
This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for more details when available.