Teen in Stolen Car Chase Could Face Juvenile Charges

14-Year-Old Faces Juvenile Charges After High-Speed Chase in Stolen Car

juvenile chargesOn Monday morning, January 19th, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 14-year-old in a stolen car on juvenile charges after the teenager led the police on a high-speed chase.

Around 7:15 AM on Monday, officers were alerted through a 911 call that someone was driving a classic 1967 Ford Mustang in a reckless manner between Elgin and Lugoff, SC. According to Sheriff James Matthews, there happened to be a Kershaw County deputy nearby, who got behind the car and turned on his blue lights to signal the driver to pull over.

Rather than stopping, however, the driver sped away. The vehicle was headed toward Camden, so the deputy notified Camden police about the approaching speeder, who was driving at 80 miles per hour and blowing through red lights. Camden officers put down spike strips to stop the vehicle.

Officers discovered the young person behind the wheel, who refused to get out of the car. Reportedly, one of Matthews’s deputies cut his hand while breaking the window to force the youth out of the vehicle, and required stitches. The teenager was also tased twice because he was so uncooperative. Finally, the suspect admitted that he was 14 years old, and that he had stolen the car.

“He needs some serious intervention,” Matthews said. “At 14 years old, leading the cops on a chase, fighting with the police, he’s got some issues that need to be dealt with. I’ll leave that with the people that deal with juveniles to figure out what that is.”

The teenager faces serious juvenile charges for his criminal activity. The Department of Juvenile Justice determined, with the help of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department, to release the teen to his mother’s custody. He awaits further information regarding his court appearance for the juvenile charges.

Juvenile Charges in South Carolina

Legally, “juveniles” are defined as people who are not yet old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. This is usually based on age, and the requirements can vary by a few years by state. However, in most states and at the federal level, a person is no longer a juvenile once they turn 18.

Conviction on juvenile charges can have destructive effects on young people and their loved ones. A conviction in juvenile court might result in a young person’s loss of freedom during important adolescent years, and be harmful to their reputation in the future. In the worst cases, a conviction in juvenile court could be the beginning of a life filled with crime.

Juvenile courts handle cases involving juvenile delinquency and crimes committed by minors, including but not limited to:

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Juvenile Charges, Including Theft

If your child is facing  South Carolina juvenile criminal charges, including guns and theft, you need to ensure his/her legal rights are protected. We can help. Please contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free case evaluation with a dedicated and aggressive criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience handling juvenile court cases. We offer free, confidential consultations, so do not hesitate to contact us. 803.252.4800

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