Minors in Custody Following High Speed Police Chase, 3 Charged With Murder

Four minors were taken into custody in Georgia after a police chase that resulted in speeds exceeding 120 mph. Three of the alleged suspects were charged with murder.

WJCL reported that officers with the Kingsland Police Department used spike strips to stop the car after a chase late Friday night. The driver was a 12-year-old and the three passengers were no older than 15 years old. All of them were from Duval County, Florida.

According to a post published to the Kingsland Police Department's Facebook page, an officer noticed the car speeding at 96 mph while conducting traffic enforcement.

"As officers attempted to catch up to the vehicle, the vehicle continued to travel at speeds in excess of 120 mph and did not stop," the post read. "Officers successfully deployed spike strips on the vehicle which led to the vehicle pulling over."

The post also stated that after officers ran the car's registration, they discovered the car was reported as stolen out of Jacksonville, Florida. The officers learned that the 12-year-old driver and two of the passengers had active warrants for their arrest for home invasion and second degree murder out of Duval County.

Detectives from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, and the four were detained at the Regional Youth Detention Facility.

"The driver was charged with theft by bringing stolen property into the state, speeding, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude and fugitive from justice," the post continued. "The other occupants were charged with theft by receiving stolen property and with fugitive from justice."

Newsweek previously reported on several police chases throughout the United States.

A Florida man was arrested for leading police on a high-speed chase as a way to try to impress his passenger during a first date at the end of August.

The motorcyclist, Taylor William Beverly, ran a red light and drove off when police tried to pull him over. He was reported to have traveled more than 100 mph before he was stopped at an intersection. Court records showed that Beverly's date yelled at him to stop.

Another chase involved a handcuffed suspect who led police on a police chase while he was driving a stolen ATV. The chase spanned different municipalities, which required the assistance of several police departments.

The suspect, Lucas Strider, eventually lost control of the ATV when he was forced to swerve into muddy water. Police took him into custody, and his booking charges show he allegedly was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Newsweek has reached out to the Kingsland Police Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office but did not hear back by press time.

Police Car Chase
Four minors were involved in a high-speed chase with police before they were stopped by the use of spike strips. The 12-year-old driver was found to have an outstanding warrant. Getty Images/Gabe Ginsberg