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A missing 10-year-old boy on Sunday stole a car and later hit a Holden police cruiser as an officer tried to stop him from fleeing, authorities said.

The boy — who also stole a car three years earlier — was reported missing at 7:45 p.m. Sunday from Snows Corner Road in Orrington, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived to the scene, they initially believed he likely wandered off on foot and was somewhere in the nearby area, said Sgt. Sean McCue of the sheriff’s office.

But that changed when they learned the boy had a history of running away, he said.

“He’s actually stolen a vehicle before but it was when he was 7,” McCue said.

Authorities immediately widened their search and put out a call for help to surrounding agencies. It wasn’t long before a passing driver reported that a young boy was behind of the wheel of a sedan and heading down Johnson Mill Road in Orrington, McCue said.

Holden Officer Kevin Harvey was nearby, and headed there to intercept the car, Holden police Chief Chris Greeley said.

When he spotted the sedan, Harvey flashed his lights and sirens to pull the young driver over, Greeley said. Fearing the boy would speed off, Harvey attempted to box in the child, he said.

“This was merely an attempt to keep him from fleeing,” Greeley said.

But the boy allegedly hit the gas pedal, striking the officer’s cruiser at low speed but failing to clear its path, according to Greely. Harvey was then able to take the boy into custody, Greeley said.

Neither the boy nor the officer were injured in the collision, and the vehicles received minor damage, McCue said.

Once taken into custody, the boy told police he’d stolen the car in Brewer when he found the doors unlocked and the keys in the cupholder, McCue said. He had been missing for hours, but his joyride only lasted about 5 minutes before police caught up with him, he reportedly told police.

The boy was taken to the hospital for an evaluation after reuniting with his family, the sheriff’s office said. It’s unclear if he was charged for stealing the car.

The Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, Holden Police and Orrington Fire Department assisted the sheriff’s office in the search.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.