The Kasson, Mn. Police Department Reported on their Facebook page that an 11 year old took them for a wild ride and damaged Police vehicles. The young boy was lucky that he didn’t kill himself or anyone else.
Damage to squad during concrete truck pursuit yesterday.
Social media is…
… almost instant access to information and events. Yesterday I watched videos taken by citizens from my living room moments after the footage was taken. I was not even at work and could see SOME of what my co-workers were experiencing. I could see brief snapshot videos of the events taking place but not the whole story.
What we could not see is that an 11 year old boy was at the helm of a several ton missile traveling down city streets. What we could not see is his intent or mindset. What we did not see is the damage he caused when he intentionally hit a patrol vehicle.
…a tool used by many of us to communicate and show we are human. It allows a police department to share information directly putting a human element between law enforcement and the public. To communicate events rapidly to seek help from the public or notify the public of danger. To add some humor to very dangerous and unfortunate events. It allows us to show concrete pictures that cement images of the events into your mind…no pun intended, well, maybe smile emoticon
It’s exciting to take pictures and video of events such as this. Please always place your safety ahead of any picture or video! What if that vehicle would have swerved off course and now you are in its path?
When you see these news feeds almost immediately, do not drive into an area to try and see what is taking place yourself. You are only getting a brief account of events taking place and you do not know what you may be getting yourself into!
Remember what you are seeing is only what was recorded during that time, there is always more to the story!
Luckily all turned out well given the circumstances. No one was hurt or killed and the suspect was taken into custody.
Stay safe all
The 11 year old recklessly drove the vehicle through the Town, outside it involving Law Enforcement agencies. Officers called for a helicopter to fly over to keep track of the vehicle and oncoming traffic as the vehicle reached speeds of 70 miles per hour.
The 11 year old then drove back into the Town waving as he drove through intersections unsafely and unconcerned about others causing damage along the way. Tires were blown out on the vehicle as the youth continued to drive causing damage to the roadway. He eventually damaged Patrol vehicles.
When he was eventually stopped the youth attempted to escape from officers on foot. He was taken into custody and is in a Juvenile Detention Center in Rochester and faces a multitude of charges.