Torrance County, N.M. (KRQE) – At about 8:30 Tuesday morning, Sheriff Heath White was parked near Moriarty when he heard the radio call about a stolen Silver Dodge truck with a 13-year-old boy behind the wheel.
Just moments later, the boy went zooming by.
“Just by chance, I was right there when the call came out, initiated my emergency lights, and attempted to pull over vehicle,” said White.
The teen wanted no part of that, leading White on a high-speed chase for nearly 15 minutes through Torrance County.
The vehicle disregarded and accelerated and continued eastbound on to 66 into Moriarty, striking two homeless people. He clipped those homeless men, but they’re fine. The teen got on I-40, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles an hour.
“This is the first time that we had a young individual, who at this age took us on a wild speed chase like this,” said White.
As he kept his foot on the gas, he tried losing the sheriff by exiting the interstate to make his getaway through an open field and that’s when everything went haywire for the boy.
“The vehicle finally stopped running, or blew up, and the vehicle came to a stop and we were able to apprehend him without further incident,” said White.
“He displayed aggressive behavior as far as his driving and eluding, so we weren’t taking any chances.” said White.
After 15 tense minutes, White was finally able to end the boy’s dangerous joy ride.