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.
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.