SLIDELL – The Slidell Police Department arrested a 14-year-old after he led officers on a high-speed chase on Tuesday night.

An officer tried to stop the driver of a black 2013 Lexus R35 for driving without headlights around 5:30 p.m. Police say the driver fled the officer and led them on a chase through Olde Town Slidell.

The chase ended after the driver crashed head-on with another vehicle on Bayou Liberty Road.
After the crash, the driver then fled on foot and was later apprehended by Slidell Police K-9 Quest and his handler Officer Clint McCall, according to the police department.

The driver was identified as a 14-year-old boy from Slidell. Police say the 14-year-old took the vehicle, which belonged to his friend’s father. The vehicle was for sale and the teen allegedly was taking it for a “test drive” since he was considering buying it, according to police department.

It was later learned that the teen took the keys, without his friend or his friend’s father knowing. The teen told officers that he fled from them because he did not have a driver’s license and did not want to go to jail.

The teen and the driver of the vehicle that he struck on Bayou Liberty Road were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The 14-year-old was booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on charges of aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by violence, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, negligent injury, no headlights, no driver’s license and unauthorized use of a vehicle.