Juveniles steal tractor-trailer, lead police on 3-county chase

Juveniles steal tractor-trailer, lead police on 3-county chase

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Two boys, ages 12 and 14, are accused of stealing a tractor-trailer in Morristown, eventually crashing it in Knoxville. Two boys, ages 12 and 14, are accused of stealing a tractor-trailer in Morristown, eventually crashing it in Knoxville.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Two runaway juveniles are accused of stealing a tractor-trailer in Morristown early Wednesday morning and leading police on a three-county chase that ended with a crash in Knoxville.

Officers with the Morristown Police Department says the two boys, ages 12 and 14, took the truck from Universal Forest Products, 530 W. Morris Boulevard, using the truck to crash through the gate.

"We haven't had any break-in issues or any problems here at the plant. So it was definitely a shock and then when we found out the ages of the people it was another shock especially driving a semi-truck not a regular car," said Mark Boss, plant manager at UFP.

An officer saw the truck hit the curb at Hardee's on Morris Boulevard, and began a pursuit.

Police say the boys sped down Highway 11-E through Jefferson County heading towards Knoxville. New Market Police laid spike strips near Jefferson Memorial Hospital to stop them, but the spikes only punctured one tire .

Officers finally chased the truck into Knoxville. The truck crashed on Asheville Highway near Rutledge Pike while trying to take an exit ramp. The truck knocked over a light pole.

Police say the boys are residents of Holston Homes in Greeneville, Tenn. They were brought to Morristown for a counseling session and had been reported as runaways prior to the alleged theft.

Both boys were taken to the Juvenile Holding Center in Morristown.

They are charged with theft over $10,000, being a runaway, and vandalism over $1,000. The 12-year-old driver is also charged with speeding, disregarding a red light, not having a driver's license, improper lane usage, disregarding a stop sign, and felony evading arrest.

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