Dump Truck Chase

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 3:48pm

Teenager driving a stolen dump truck plays demolition derby with police.

The teen, behind the wheel with, get this, a suspended license keeps rolling, pinballing two tons vehicles like...

Crash witness Bill Horrigan says "I thought there was a movie being filmed... It was like throwing these cars. It was unbelievable."

Two other juveniles hop out of the truck's cab...and right into police handcuffs but the teen driver, gears grinding, keeps going.

Size, not speed was the X-factor in this pursuit.

Lt. Mike Titus of the Stow Police Department says "it is a bit challenging when you think about how are you going to stop a very large dump truck when you've never encountered that before."

The 52-mile, one hour chase began Saturday after the dump truck's owner, who had filed a stolen vehicle report that morning, spotted the truck in a residential area.

As one officer closes in on the dump truck from behind, another police officer slides in front to box the truck in. The teen driver lurches into the police SUV and hits the gas in reverse.

The impact slices off the police cruiser's front bumper.

The worst still yet to come.

As the dump truck speeds in reverse, Sergeant Ron Jones leap frogs ahead to clear several lanes of traffic attempting to change stoplights from red to green.

Within seconds though, Sgt. Jones puts the police cruiser between civilian vehicles and the dump truck.

The pursuit moves from city streets to the interstate.

On I-77, the teen throws pavers at police cars and dodges several stop sticks. Finally a stop stick punctures a front tire. A guardrail corrals the dump truck and the 17-year-old driver bringing the pursuit to a halt.

Police say "could have been much worse. We were very fortuante that the traffic was light...And that the assistance we got from other agencies. We were very fortunate."
 

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