• 10-year-old leads police on chase down Missouri 291

  • A 10-year-old Independence boy led police on a chase Sunday morning along Missouri 291.

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  • A 10-year-old Independence boy led police on an auto chase – at speeds of 40 to 60 mph at times – Sunday morning along Missouri 291, from near 23rd Street south to U.S. 40.
    According to Tom Gentry, Independence Police Department spokesman, police received a call at 7:52 a.m.  regarding a disturbance in the 1900 block of Belmont Place, which is northeast of 23rd Street and Missouri 291.
    The 10-year-old boy apparently had a disagreement with his mother and drove off in a silver Dodge Caravan. Police started following the boy near 23rd Street and Missouri 291, and the boy started to accelerate while traveling south on 291, with an officer following him, Gentry said.
    An officer observed the boy driving somewhat erratically, failing to stay in a single lane, Gentry said. At Gudgell Road, the vehicle came to a stop at a red light, but when the officer got out to walk up to the vehicle, it took off again.
    Gentry said speeds in the chase ranged from 40 to 60 mph. The chase came to a stop onM-291 near the U.S. 40 exit when the boy hit a guard rail.
    Police arrested the boy, and he was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and felony fleeing. He was placed in custody of the Jackson County Detention Center in Kansas City.
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