DOÑA ANA COUNTY, New Mexico – Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 12-year-old boy on Sunday after he said he crashed a vehicle following a short chase with authorities that was documented in photos and videos.
The sheriff told ABC-7 that at one point there were five children in the vehicle. When the child driver crashed on his own, MPs reportedly recovered 9mm bullets in his pocket. They later discovered that a gun was allegedly thrown out of the child’s moving vehicle during the chase.
Authorities say the child had no criminal record other than an arrest warrant for conspiring to commit the burglary of another vehicle.
At around noon on Sunday, MPs said they received a call from a reckless driver near the Johnson Mobile Home Park in the Las Alturas area.
At 12:50 p.m., there was another call reporting a reckless driver on Dalrynple Road and Doña Ana Road. MPs said the young driver picked up four other children between the ages of 12 and 17 at Pic Quik in that area.
A deputy made contact with the vehicle about a mile north of Armstrong Road, according to Sgt. Dason Allen with the traffic division of the sheriff’s office. The deputy turned on his flashing lights, but the young driver reportedly did not give in and continued north on El Camino Real Road.
The child driver eventually took Interstate 25 south to US 70, authorities said. The 12-year-old suspect pulled out onto Del Rey Boulevard and pulled into the parking lot of Peter Piper Pizza. At that point, the four passengers jumped out of the moving vehicle and the deputies believed the child had abandoned the weapon.
From there, authorities said the driver headed to the parking lot of the old Kmart store and headed west onto Bataan Memorial East, the wrong way round in oncoming traffic.
Allen said the child driver had a head-on collision with another driver, who did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. Authorities said the child also had no injuries.
Allen said the sheriff’s office has seen a recent increase in the number of children involved in criminal activity.
“Dealing with children of different ages, they need supervision,” Allen said. “Most of the time we are dealing with these minors, when they commit crimes there is no supervision. No adults around.”