HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A cruise on the town by one teenager led to a police chase and later, a serious crash Friday.
Huber Heights Police say around 12:30 a.m., a 14-year-old was driving northbound on Fisher Drive with no headlights.
An officer tried to make a routine traffic stop and that’s when officials say the chase began.
“It happened very quickly, activated the lights, the subject took off. I mean, if somebody would have been walking out here, like during the day there’s kids everywhere out here, it could have been tragic,” Sgt. John Kissee said.
Officials say the teenager was driving at excessive speed.
He ultimately pulled into the Glenburn Green Apartment complex.
Police say he then sped throughout the complex and drove over a grass hill, losing control.
The teen then crashed into the rental and maintenance office of the complex.
“He’s gonna have to answer for his the charges in juvenile court. Hopefully mom’s got good insurance to cover the damage to the building and the vehicle,” Kissee explained.
Police say the teen walked away unharmed, but will face charges.
Officials also note that their officer did the right thing, looking for signs of what they say could be a crime.
“Anytime during dark hours, in an area where– we have had some criminal activity back in this area, you see a vehicle driving without lights it’s indicative of, you know, possible criminal activity. Any police officer is going to go ahead and activate their lights and make a traffic stop to find out what’s going out,” said the sergeant.
Police say 9 times out of 10 during these routine stops the drivers simply forget to turn their lights on.
But officials say this was not the case.
Authorities say the teen made an initial poor decision to drive; they say not stopping also could have cost lives.
Police say the teen is now back home with his mom.
He has been cited and will face charges in Juvenile Court.