By Shereen Siewert
WAUSAU — A 14-year-old St. Paul, Minn. boy driving a stolen vehicle fled from police early Saturday, hours before allegedly crashing the vehicle into a tree on Brown Street, according to the Wausau Police Department.
The incident is one of three police chases involving Wausau officers in a 36-hour period.
According to the police report, the boy was driving at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday with two teenage passengers, both age 15, when officers attempted to pull him over in the 100 block of North Seventh Avenue. Police say they were forced to abandon the chase after traveling north on Sixth Street due to speed and safety concerns.
Less than two hours later, officers were called to the 500 block of Brown Street for a report that the stolen vehicle had crashed into the tree. The vehicle was empty when officers arrived, according to the police report.
But later on Saturday, police caught up with the trio as passengers in another vehicle.
The 14-year-old driver is facing charges of fleeing an officer, hit and run, driving without a licenses, and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
The teen driver’s two passengers are also facing charges of knowingly being a passenger in the stolen vehicle.
No names have been released.