12-year-old boy in custody after leading police on chase

Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A 12-year-old boy was taken into custody after leading Williamson County sheriff’s deputies on a chase early Tuesday morning.

The boy’s name is not being released, but KXAN found out the youngster has had previous run-ins with police. 

“He had just gotten out of juvenile detention that day, and just went for joy ride,” explained Commander Jereme Brinkmann.

He said late Monday night, two deputies were driving on Inner Loop in Georgetown when they happened to stop behind a car at a red light. 

The driver of that car made a turn onto FM 1460, but on to the wrong side of the road. At that time, the deputies didn’t know the person behind the wheel was just 12 years old.

“It is a new intersection. The roadway has changed recently, so it could’ve been somebody that didn’t realize,” Brinkmann said. “They’re used to turning left, there being a two-lane road. Now it’s 4-lane divided road.”

The deputies tried to pull the driver over, but the chase continued for about a mile and a half. 

When the 12-year-old eventually stopped, the deputies found that there were two older passengers in the vehicle — a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old.

Deputies notified the 12-year-old’s parents and took him into custody for evading an officer.

“It’s extremely dangerous for the obvious reasons,” Brinkmann said. “You could have a head-on collision and injure everyone in both vehicles. That’s the big risk. That you can cause a fatality accident or serious accident.”

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