SAN ANTONIO -- Officers chased after a 12-year-old boy who erratically drove a car from an apartment complex across parts of northwest San Antonio on Thursday night before crashing near a busy intersection, San Antonio police said.
Police said the boy hit up to three vehicles around the intersection of Fredericksburg and Huebner on the city's northwest side, which is where the incident ended. The boy got out of his car and started to run, but was tackled by a bystander, who held him until police arrived.
The incident began earlier in the evening at the Saddle Ridge Apartments in the 5700 block of North Knoll, police said. The boy reportedly got into his father's car and struck three vehicles in the parking lot there. An off-duty officer called in for pursuit to track the vehicle down.
The boy's dad told officers that the driver was a minor with no weapons, so police chased the car while also trying to block intersections to keep other drivers out of harm's way.
At one point, the boy stopped the car at a red light, and an officer attempted to get him out of the vehicle. But the boy put the car in reverse and hit the patrol car before driving away, police said.
Officers said the car was going more than 80 mph at some points in the pursuit. One of the tires blew out near Fredericksburg and Huebner, causing the car to strike a vehicle there. Two more cars were struck as the vehicle then went in reverse to try to leave the area.
Officers said they had information that the boy was off his normal medication. He is expected to be charged with criminal mischief.
Nobody was injured in the crashes, including the boy and the pursuing officers.