NEW INFO: 14-Year-Old Chase Suspect Charged

Deputies have charged a 14 year old boy who they say stolen his foster parent's car and then led them on a high speed chase before crashing into a home.

The juvenile is facing felony speed to elude arrest, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, no operator's license, and larceny of a motor vehicle. The Pitt County Sheriff's office is seeking a juvenile petition, which could help determine custody of the child.

On Monday, deputies say they received a call just after 8:00 a.m. about a stolen vehicle from the Blackjack-Simpson area. A deputy on patrol spotted the Mercury Mountaineer on Old River Road and attempted to stop the driver, instead he took off. Minutes later, the SUV clipped a light pole, ran over a cable box and careened into a house, just inches from the front porch of a mobile home.

Deputies say the 14 year-old jumped out and ran. He was found a few yards away from the accident scene, unharmed.

Sheriff Neil Elks says this is not the first time he's had a run-in with the 14 year old. Elks says he saw the boy last week around the Blackjack-Simpson area, flagging down cars to pull over at 10:30 at night.

The sheriff says the boy asked to be taken to the Old River Road area, where the sheriff discovered his grandmother lived. After the car ride, the sheriff says the teen was very nice and polite and even wanted to know how to become a deputy.

Elks admits he was concerned about the well being of the child, but felt he was in safe hands once he was at his grandmother's home.

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A high speed chase involving a 14-year-old driver ended this morning with the vehicle crashing into a Pitt County house.

Deputies say they began chasing a stolen SUV around 11:30 a.m. on Old River Road, that's just west of Greenville. The chase lasted for several miles and ended when the vehicle crashed into a porch of a home near Quartz Drive. The driver then ran from the vehicle.

The homeowner told WITN News that she was in her front room and saw the vehicle coming toward her home. That's when the woman says she ran to the back of the home to safety.

Deputies set up a perimeter and Greenville police K-9 units were brought in. The 14-year-old was found off Quartz Drive behind a church fence a short time later. At first lawmen believed there was a passenger also in the SUV, but later said the teen was the only person inside.

It appeared the driver lost control while trying to make a right turn onto Quartz, clipped a power pole and then struck the porch.

Deputies say the Mercury Mountaineer was reported stolen around 8:00 a.m. and that the 14-year-old is known to the victim.

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  • by Jerry Location: ENC on Jun 7, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    There has to be more to this story. Maybe my last comment was a little harsh on the deputies but, maybe this isnt your avg 14 yr old kid. witn did not get all the story i am sure or only the best was put up on the internet. lots of open holes in this one. my big question is the WHY's...on everyones part. why why why why why?
  • by Jerry Location: ENC on Jun 7, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Ok, So I am a police officer here in Nc. WHY is deputies chasing a vehicle driven by a 14 yr old boy... Its one thing to chase a criminal of some sort but, a kid joy riding? Where is the common sense? Now dont get me wrong I love a good chase....But seriously, why would you chase a 14 yr old. whos just joy riding? I do hope i learn that the deputies did not know that the kid was 14 before the shase started, maybe the vehicle was being stopped for some type of violation....and then ran, in that case yes I would have chased. But please tell me the deputies did not know anything about the vehicle being wanted back due to a 14 yr joy riding without permission.
  • by Worried on Jun 7, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    I wonder if there is more to this story, the foster parents chased him at high speeds? That doesn't sound responsible or mature, what if he had been injured while they were chasing him? Why was he running from them at 8AM?
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      by duh on Jun 7, 2011 at 02:52 PM in reply to Worried
      he was chased by the police!
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      by OMG!! on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:46 PM in reply to Worried
      The deputies, honey...he ran from the Pitt County deputies!
  • by ace Location: j ville on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    Who is going to pay for all the damage. He should be put to work and made to repay all the cost. Kids younger than 18 get away with murder and they should't. They should be held accountabe for their actions.
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      by Yep on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:27 AM in reply to ace
      I completely agree with you on this one Ace. He should be made to pay for all damages, including the home, vehicle, & land. I think teens are getting to brave these days. I know if I had done something stupid like that my mom would have wore me out to the point I couldn't sit down! I would still then be 3 feet in the ground! Kids know they can "get away" with these actions because they will have no one to answer to. I say if that is the case make the parents pay and let the child have to deal with the punishment at home from the parent!
  • by Witness Location: on the scene on Jun 6, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    Once they caught him, the young THUG had no remorse or showed no fear of being punished at all. Go ahead and get ready, because we will be hearing more about him later in bigger crimes.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jun 6, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    It just gets weirder and weirder...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Who cares?
  • by befuddled on Jun 6, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    all of the facts are not known to the news or public yet, but believe me, there is more to the story.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    My child would be packing for military school. They want attention, I will make sure they get it.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 08:16 PM in reply to
      Military schools don't take troubled kids any more, so I heard.
  • by just sayin' on Jun 6, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    Maybe "Grammer Police" can hook up with someone who can "spel" and learn to spell GRAMMAR. Judge not...
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 07:29 PM in reply to just sayin'
      I just judged your post to be judemental in and of judged while telling us not to...nice!
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