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Driver in police chase revealed as 13-year-old taking 8-year-old sister on joyride

By Ben Hooper

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan said a 13-year-old boy loaded his 8-year-old sister into a car and took her on a joyride that ended with a police chase.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office said a deputy investigating a report of a black Nissan Altima driving erratically Saturday night spotted the vehicle stopped at a red light about 11:30 p.m. in Clinton Township.

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The deputy turned on his lights, and the car pulled over, but it sped off after a few seconds and made it a short distance before the driver lost control, and the car spun out across the grassy median and into the eastbound lanes of Metropolitan Parkway.

Two children, identified as the 13-year-old driver and his 8-year-old sister, then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

Deputies chased down the children with help from Clinton Township police and determined the boy had been driving with the girl in the front passenger's seat.

The girl was released to her mother, while the boy, who police said they knew from previous incidents, was detained at the Macomb Juvenile Justice Center.

Police said the car belonged to the girlfriend of the children's father.

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