CHINA, Maine — A local teenage boy is facing multiple charges after leading police on a high-speed pursuit early Saturday morning.
The 13-year-old juvenile, whose name police are withholding because he is a minor, is accused of eluding a police officer, operating a vehicle without a license and theft by unauthorized use of property, Captain Dan Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said.
Around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Nathan McNally was on patrol on Route 3 in China when he saw a minivan in the parking lot of a storage facility, Davies said.
The captain said storage facilities in Kennebec County have increasingly been the target of thieves.
As McNally approached the 1995 Ford Windstar, the vehicle sped off toward Augusta, according to Davies, with speeds peaking at 75 miles per hour.
The vehicle pulled over near Augusta when the driver noticed Augusta police had deployed spike strips across the roadway, Davies said. The van stopped before hitting the spikes.
Upon contacting the occupants, McNally learned the 13-year-old driver was accompanied by a 14-year-old passenger, his step-brother, the captain said, with the van they were driving belonging to their mother’s boyfriend.
After talking with the boys, McNally contacted the sheriff’s department’s Juvenile Community Control Officer, Steve Labonte, who determined the appropriate action would be to release the boys to the custody of their mother.
A short time later, McNally was passing the Mobil station on Bangor Street when he heard yelling from the parking lot, which turned out to be an altercation between the boys, their mother and mother’s boyfriend, Davies said.
The boyfriend told the deputy the 13-year-old had assaulted him during an argument over the incident, and McNally arrested the 13-year-old. He was taken to the Kennebec County Jail for processing and later brought to a juvenile detention center, the captain said. The 14-year-old was not arrested.