State Police charged an 11-year-old and his parents after the boy lead authorities on a high-speed chase through St. Charles Parish Friday morning.
The chase began around 6:30 a.m. as State Police were conducting speed enforcement on Interstate 310 near Airline Highway, according to Trooper Joseph Piglia, a Troop B spokesman.
State Police radar picked up a 1996 Jeep SUV traveling at 80 mph in a 60 mph zone, and refused to stop or pull over for authorities, Piglia said. The driver of the vehicle went over 100 mph during the chase and at times passed other cars using the shoulder of the road.
Piglia said the driver turned westbound on US 90 and eventually stopped in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant at the corner of US 90 and Ruth Street in Boutte. The boy got out of the car and ran inside calling for his mother.
State Police identified the driver as an 11-year-old juvenile and learned that his parents, 46-year-old Rodney Brown and 32-year-old Leona M. Calloway, allowed him to use the car to drive his disabled father around town for the last six months.
Piglia said the 11-year-old was charged with felony flight from an officer, driving without a license, reckless operation of a vehicle, speeding, passing on the shoulder and improper lane usage. The boy’s parents were charged with improper supervision of a minor and allowing an unlicensed minor to drive a vehicle.