N. Texas Teen Steals, Crashes Police Car: Police

Teen admits to drug, alcohol use

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    Ben Russell
    Teen was scheduled to go to a rehabilitation facility Monday.

    Police have arrested a teenage boy after they say he stole a police car and led officers on a late night, high-speed chase through Ellis County Sunday evening.

    According to investigators, the boy was upset and ransacking his parent's home Sunday night -- prompting their call to 911.

    When a Palmer officer arrived, the boy grabbed a bottle of booze, a knife and ran out of the home.  He then hopped into the officer's unlocked Dodge Charger patrol car and took off.

    Driving at speeds exceeding 100 mph, the teen led officers on a chase through parts of Ellis County until he finally ran off of the road near Wakeland and Farm-to-Market Road 55 in southern Waxahachie.

    The teen then tried to escape on foot but was taken to the ground by a police dog.

    After his arrest, the teen admitted to using cocaine and alcohol before stealing the car.  He was scheduled to go into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility Monday morning -- that will likely be delayed.

    Palmer Police Chief John Zaidle said the department will do everything in their power to be sure an incident like this never happens again.

    NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.