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Alabama, 14, stole vehicle and escaped juvenile detention camp before police say they arrested him with spikes

WALKER COUNTY, Alabama (WIAT) – A 14-year-old is back in custody Wednesday night after escaping from a juvenile detention camp and leading law enforcement in a car chase.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) said the teenager escaped George J. Mitnick juvenile camp by stealing a vehicle.

Police said WCSO Captain Ralph Williams observed the boy driving the stolen vehicle on Route 118 in the Oakman area.

“The miner led Captain Williams in a vehicle chase that traveled several miles in Fayette County,” police wrote in a social media post.

Fayette County law enforcement ultimately used spiked tapes to stop the boy, “flattening all four of the vehicle’s tires.”

The George J. Mitnick Juvenile Camp is a “wilderness boot camp program designed to divert 12 to 17 year old boys convicted of delinquent offenses from their sentence with the Alabama Department of Youth Services.” , according to the message.


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