BEMIDJI, Minn. (WCCO) — A 16-year-old who led police on a chase in Bemidji, Minn. Saturday morning died after losing control, rolling his vehicle and being ejected.

The teenager, whose identity was not released, was riding in the vehicle when it was pulled over by a Beltrami County deputy sheriff just before 5 a.m.

The driver was being investigated for driving while intoxicated, and was out of the vehicle when the teenager got behind the wheel and took off.

Another county deputy and two police officers chased the teenager along Bemidji Road. Authorities said the teenager reached speeds of 100 miles per hour while swerving between lanes.

The teenager lost control at a curve near Turtle River. The vehicle rolled into a group of trees and the teenager was ejected. He was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo, where he died of his injuries.

The State Patrol and Beltrami County are investigating the incident.

Comments (168)
  1. red says:

    dumb mistake let this be a lesson to our kids. don’t speed, no underage drinking, don’t run from the cops if pulled over, where a seat belt I can go on and on sad story RIP

    1. markH says:

      First off, 16 is simply too young to be driving a vehicle. I know many will say that this kid was likely drunk and his age had nothing to do with this (drunks come in all ages) but come on! 16! This kid has about a buck and a half’s worth of driving experience and he and other bubble gum chewing teenie boppers (who are too young to even attend an “R-Rated” movie without an adult) are being licensed and cut loose on our roads. Think about, that’s all I’m saying.

      1. Tom Willard says:

        Starting to think you are right Mark

      2. readthearticle says:

        the article doesn’t say he was legally driving, he wasn’t the original driver,he got behind the wheel of the car doesn’t say he even has a license. My question is what is a 16 yr old doing out at 5 am in the morning. Do you think it was acceptable for him to be out that early in the morning driving with someone that was being pulled over for suspected drunk driving? As a parent that would be my biggest concern not if 16 is too young to be driving. It is a lesson learned, don’t run from the police, at least in this case the kid hurt himself and not someone innocent that just happen to be on the road at the same time as him.

      3. MRJ says:

        My daughter got her license when she was 18 because I refused to pay for training classes. Driving is a privilege and I believe that kids will take it as such if it costs them something. Unfortunately, that something may very well be their lives.

        1. MN Mom says:

          AGREED! I took the exact same approach, he had to pay for it to earn it, buy his own car and pay for his own insurance. He was so mad at the time, but now tells me it was a valuable experience in teaching responsibility!

        2. Drivers ed instructor says:

          I am a driving instructor and I wish more parents were like you. The buy their kids brand new cars, pay for insurance, and the drivers ed cost! Some of the time I just want to tell the parents to not let their kids drive. I have many students who act out in class or wont put down their cell phones. If they can’t act like an adult in class, then they sure cannot handle driving!!!

        3. Danodemano says:


          Good job. My kids ( now 25 & 23 ) had to have a B average before they could get their license. My son was almost 18 when he got his, my daughter also was over 17 years old.

      4. Commonsense says:

        Are we suppose to bubble wrap the teenagers til they become adults. So you don’t let them drive at 16 – what age is appropriate – are you anymore responsible at say 18 or 20 – geez I know 30 year olds that shouldn’t be driving.
        And how do you get driving experience – it’s called seat time. How about we as parents teach our children – respect, responsiblity and commonsense – all three of these are seriously lacking in todays children. This child made a bad decision – one unfortunately he won’t live with, but the people left behind will have to live with. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

        1. PS says:

          unforunatly it sounds like you parents have commonsence unlike a lot of parents who bring the children in for drivers test I apperciate parents like you guys its the parents that just teach their child enough to pass the test and then it’s get the out of my face and i don’t have to hall you a$$ around any more and there is always an exception to the rules

    2. Bob Potter says:

      True, most 16 year olds are not ready for the road, some maybe but not most.

    3. Jerry says:

      Your right on all counts, but what teenger evens reads the daily news? So how would they learn from this? Public schools and parents must start taking driving seriously. I’m talking about several weeks of it when they turn 16 years old. No teen can ever learn to much when it comes to driving, learning thabout the vehicle, 7 rules of defenivse driving, and the dangers involved. It also wouldn’t hurt to give every new driver a class reguarding vehicle maintaince and operations. Very few adults have ever really learned how to drive correctly. And that problem is serious in its self. The teen was wrong I agree. But teenages do dumb things at that age. The cops already new the car and driver. So back off and arrest him later. The cops are wrong to be chasing drunk or stupid drivers, or any drivers at 100 miles per hour.

  2. pam branchaud says:

    why was he left unattended in the first place…. another life needlessly lost.

    1. jim says:

      yes…its the cops fault the kid is an idiot…wth your parenting skills..its no wonder kids end up doing these things

      1. blaine nelson says:

        I agree, with Jim ..How can you ask why was he left unattended, you dont think that officer had enough to do on his hands dealing with the idiot had pulled out of the car already, and why would anyone jump behind a wheel of a vehicle that is pulled over to a stop by a police officer and take off… it is your parenting skills that keeps me from venturing out because why shouldnt I be inconvienced by your kids, be disrepected by your kids, be insulted by your kids, I mean if they are doing it to you why not do it to me, lets not teach respect anymore, lets not teach values anymore.. but when the laws of the land are abused lets blame the officers involved.. Blaine

        1. Dana says:

          I think the cops should be re-evaluating high speed chases! Seems like someone always gets killed…including innocent people!
          My heart goes out to the victim and his family.

          1. DEBBY says:


          2. Steve says:

            First off the cops need something to chase at those speeds so quit blaming the cops, This kid needed some parental control which seems to be missing.

          3. PS says:

            Dana you need to be reevaluated, don’t put the blame on the officer his job is not the easiest to do ! I happen to be a close friend of the sherriff of Beltami county and have a brother who is an officer they take their job very seeriously ! sometimes you have NO choice !

          4. Olaf says:

            The cop didn’t drag the kid into the drivers seat and make him drive 100 mph. Sounds as though you are one of those people that cannot take responsibility for your own actions. It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it Dana

          5. Scott says:

            “VIctim” Really? Thank goodness most of the voices here are a liitle more reasonable.

    2. Paul says:

      Chill out, Maxx. Geez, if you get this personal over an anonymous post on a message board, I can only imagine how much fun you are to be around.

    3. Jason Kieffer says:

      he was 16 thats why

  3. Marisa Bohar says:

    Why didn’t they try to shoot the tires when the car took off so he wouldn’t have gotten very far?

    1. Chuck says:

      What the … ???

      Shooting at the car speeding away???

      You have been watching too much TV…

      Why do we bother…

      1. Jack Bauer says:

        I agree…lol.
        One too many action movies for you!
        What if the cop missed and the bullet ends up deflecting back at him? Or worse, it accidentally hits the kid (not to say cops are bad shooters). They can’t simply use a gun whenever they feel like it, especially, when they are unarmed.

    2. DaveC says:

      Sorry Marisa, this isn’t a movie. Cops don’t shoot at tires to stop vehicles. Shooting ANYTHING is considered deadly force and not necessary in a situation like this.

      1. Lilldavey says:

        Cops are taught not to pull their guns unless they intend to fire them, and not to fire them unless they intend to PUT DOWN theis assailant. A kid speeding away in a car is not a threat to police officers. But as a threat to public safety, I don’t understand why police don’t use the PITT maneuver to stop fleeing vehicles more often. I mean, if it’s because of body damage to the cruiser, surely they can design a push bar system that wraps around the front fenders to protect the police car from body damage.Also, there was mention of 16 being too young to drive — that’s a load of crap. The majority of responsible 16 year olds should not have to suffer because a few idiot teens decided to try out the “immortality complex” by fleeing police. Besides, there was nothing in this article to suggest that the 16 year old was licenses any way — and how different would it be if the kid were 15 or 14? It still goes back to the possibility that police could have avoided this death, and the TEEN is solely responsible for his own death.

    3. pretzeldude says:

      Marisa, you must be blond, or you have cranial rectal inversion.

    4. MN Cop says:

      Because that is called DEADLY FORCE….

  4. SB says:

    What about the other innocent people driving on the road in danger of having a drunk driver hitting them? They shouldn’t be protected by police trying to get careless people of the road? It’s always sad to hear of teens dying in car accidents but you can’t let age set the the guidelines.

    1. Darren says:

      The cops had the drunk driver stopped and it doesn’t say anything about the kid that died being drunk. Until that is proven he just made a bad decision.

    2. insignificant says:

      uh huh…far more dangerous on the roads is the dinbgbat in the minivan,yappin’ gossip on his/her cell-phone,totally oblivious to anything but the worthless conversation…and upon checking the driver for intoxity they left the keys in ‘er,eh?

  5. Jeff says:

    What would have happened if he had been in an accident and killed a little child in a car while the cops waited for him at his house? He was responsible for his actions, the cops were there to protect everyone, including him.

  6. DJ says:

    maybe the teen should learn to respect those in authority. Maybe the parents should be charged who supplied the liquor. Sometime things need to happen for people learn there lessons

    1. Tea......... says:

      Tough to do since he DIED!

    2. mamatellie says:

      Who said parents supplied liquor or that anyone was even drunk?! All it says is that the original driver of the vehicle was being investigated for DUI, and it doesn’t say anything about whether or not the kid who died was drinking at all…..and even if they’re both underage and drinking, who says it was anyone’s parents who supplied the alcohol? Teenagers that want to drink always find a way to do it, and they don’t need parents to buy for them.

  7. Alex V says:

    I’m confused here, why did they chase him? What crime was committed by the teen? He was the passenger. The driver was submitting to a sobriety test. Sure he’s a jerk for taking off and leaving his friend there, but that’s his problem.

    1. Chris says:

      Isn’t it obvious?! He can’t be allowed to interfere with a traffic stop…

      and took off after probably drinking too… why else would he run?

      The kid was a violator and needed to be apprehended!

      1. Cathy says:

        To me it’s just sad that so many innocent people are killed by these police chases, sometimes entire families. Unless they’re chasing a mass murderer I think they should back off. They have his license plate number, and in this case his friend, who could have given them all the info they needed to get him. Just another kid dead for being a dumb kid. Glad he did’nt kill anyone else.

        1. GH says:

          You say that until the kid they just let take off runs a light and kills your entire family. Think about that one before you respond

          1. Mindy says:

            I am wondering why people blame the police??? They were doing their job and they put their life on the line everyday to deal with idiot people. This 16 year old knew he was in the wrong. Thank god he only killed himself not innocent people. Police have every right to chase people, not just murders! That is their job. So maybe we should blame the parents and the people who do these stupid acts. We should STOP blaming the wrong people.

            1. Chelsey Little says:

              Exactly! What responsible parent let’s their 16 yr old child run amuck at 5am?! That time of day I would rather be at home, in bed sleeping…and I am only 23.

            2. Jerry says:

              Mindy the police should know by now that chasing stupid or drunk drivers will get someone killed. Teenages are stupid and ignorant drivers. Most adults are stupid and ignorant drivers also. Chasing folks around at 100 miles per hour is dangerous at best. There has to be more driver training when a teen turns 16. ‘There’s no such thing as an accident. There are colisions that could of been prevented”. All vehicle collisions are preventable.The cops should know what I’m tolding about. We are sober adults, lets start acting like it. There is no need for high speed chases by cops.Simply arrest the driver later.

        2. Tom Willard says:

          Cathy…he didn’t die in a POLICE chase. He died in a high speed accident FLEEING police. You panty-waists need to stop blaming law enforcement everytime someone does something stupid and dies. Let him go? IF he survives, he learns that running is not impossible.

          1. dah-der-dolt says:

            A 16 year old died in a chase with police. Police say they chased the vechicle at over 100 miles an hour, how is this not a police chase tom Willard?

          2. Jerry says:

            Its easy for us to sit in judgment after the fact. Nonetheless the police are sbor adults that are suppose to be trained well enough to know you shouldn’t be chasing young stupid and ignorant teens at 100 mph…. THERE SHOULD BE A DIFFERENCE IN JUDGMENT BETWEEN A TEENAGER AND A COP..Arrest the driver later And then let him live to have his day in coourt..

            1. JiminSavage says:

              Bad Idea Jerry.

        3. olaf says:

          Ok, Cathy–remember that when you are robbed or attacked and the police do not pursue the bad guy. You ever hear of car theft? Do you really think these punks drive their own cars when they are committing crimes?

        4. M B says:

          How do you know he wasn’t wanted for mass murder? A police officer doesn’t know the criminal history of a person they pull over until they run the info or the perp confesses.

          There’s a basic rule: If he runs, he’s done something wrong. People don’t run if they’re innocent. Would you?

          Also, very often friends won’t rat each other out. Who’s to say his friend would cough up info on him? If it’s his friend’s car, there’s no info the officer has on this person and he just bolted.

          How about we start having parents be parents and stop blaming the police for all our woes.

          Also, I think 16 is okay to learn to drive. I drove fine at 16, as did all of my friends. The difference between then and now are the electronic devices and the freeway speeds. I wasn’t allowed on the freeways for 3 months without my parents in the car after I got my license, and we can penalize them if they have their electronics on. No biggie. Again, it comes back to parents being parents and being willing to be firm with boundaries. This “Oh, noes, I might stunt my child if I set boundaries” junk has to go.

        5. WTH?? says:

          That answer answer must be from a teenager.

        6. PS says:

          cathy yes lets just let everyone go free WAKE THE F UP if you start letting people run free everyone will try it when they are stopped and then we have a bigger problem !

    2. MN Cop says:

      If we simply let everyone go that runs, why would anyone stop?

      1. Jerry says:

        Mn Cop
        there should be a big difference in judgment btween an ignorant stupid teenager and an adult cop. No body is saying let anyone go free.But these things have been going on for decades. Lets grow up and act like adults and stop trying to chase down a foolish teen driver. Do your job and arrest him an hour or two later There is no need for these high speed chases to continue. You have the vehicle discription and probably the plate number. How hard would it be to find him? High speed chases are for T.V. not for real…..

        1. JiminSavage says:

          Jerry – the kid unfortunately died because he drove at a very high speed and then lost control of his car. The police were trying to stop him. It’s that simple. It is not the cops fault he ran. As a taxpayer, I sure as hell want them to pursue these folks.

  8. BK says:

    Randy, you are crazy. The parents should be the one to blame, along with the kid for making a dumb choice. The cops are doing their job. Do you think it’d be a brighter idea to let the DRUNK KID drive back home and risk killing other innocent people? Yeah, good idea!

    1. K. says:

      Quit blaming the parents. Chances are, the parents may have done all they could trying to instill in this kid some common sense. Sometimes kids just make poor choices and decisions. Unfortunately, in this case, they were fatal.

      1. Corky says:

        In our society today parents have very little tools to instill common sense in their kids. Those tools have been largely removed by our Utopian driven government & their supporters. Nowadays a child has more rights than the parents. Try disciplining your kid with anything more than a mild finger wagging & watch them call family services or some other self serving government entity. And, god forbid, you run afoul of one of these leeches, and they’ll be like an old fashioned case of herpes…….something very annoying that won’t go away.

        1. be afraid says:

          My children listen to me, maybe your a chitty parent Corky and they hate you or obviously don’t respect you

          1. Corky says:

            Sounds like be afraid is one of the embracers of our government intervention.

            1. Marie says:

              Corky, you do sound like a less than stellar parent.

      2. PS says:

        so your saying that the parents have nothing to do with raising their kids the right way ! GET REAL

        1. mamatellie says:

          I’ve known many kids who constantly got themselves into trouble, and they had excellent parents, who were always there for them, who always looked after them, who always gave them advice, and who always had rules, and enforced consequences. How many kids do you have?

    2. mamatellie says:

      Why are we blaming the parents? Maybe the parents thought he was staying over at a friend’s house overnight….maybe he snuck out…..why is it whenever a teenager does something stupid that the parents get blamed? His parents weren’t there…..maybe they are bad parents, but why doesn’t anyone consider maybe they are good parents?
      Teenagers make stupid decisions quite often, I don’t see how it’s his parents fault.

    3. Jerry says:

      The parents should have taught the teenn better judgment. But then what about the school teachers, driver instructors and the state of Minnesota shouldn’t they all be doing a better job? These things ( high speed chases) shouldn’t be happening…

  9. Paulie says:

    Are you serious?????

    1. Slim says:

      Are you serious about what?

      What is your point? Do you disagree… with who??? with everybody???

      Your comment is the stupid one, so bite your tongue…

  10. JamieinMN says:

    Well, at least they didn’t harm or KILL any innocent drivers on the road. It’s obvious these teens are troubled. Drinking underage, driving, and TRYING to elude law enforcement?!?!?! Not very smart kids….

  11. Chuck says:

    Randy, There is no logic that allows you to put this “on the cops” as you said!

    They did not make him drive so fast… they were trying to and had stopped these drunks already… the kid made a fatal mistake, and I feel for his family.

    Take a step back and look at it as a criminal act progressing to a real tragedy…

    But, leave the cops alone, the kids were at fault… period!

  12. T-Man says:

    Shoot the tires out? Really? Wake up lady!! The cops would have went to prison for using deadly force for a traffic violation. Someone please tell me we don’t have people this massively ignorant in our country!!!

    1. JamieinMN says:

      Even worse, they live RIGHT HERE in Minnesota…….OMG how embarrassing.

    2. jim says:

      actually…deadly force could be used if the kids behavior was endangering others lives



  13. megafrog says:

    Glad that there was no innocent victim in this crash.

  14. Tired says:

    Randy—–If that kid would have hit and killed someone in your family—Your statement would have been …..Where were the cops…..COPS—Well Randy we stopped him earlier but he ran. So we went to his house to wait for him to get home. In the meantime he hit and killed 3 people including your loved one. Sorry Randy that’s how it works now because of people like you complaining. Have a good day Randy.

    1. @ Tired says:

      You are spot on with this one. These people blaming the cops disgust me. Go live on your peace and love compound, where everything can be fixed with a hug.

      1. Jerry says:

        These things have been happening for decades. They happen over and over again nothing ever changes. How can you “still” justify chassing stupid teenagers aroound at 100 mph? There should be a huge difference in reasoning between an ignorant teenager and a police officer. Arrest the driver later. Stop these needless high speed chases.

        Your type of thinking hasn’t stopped thes chases yet. So I’d say your type of thinking isn’t working.

        “Two wrongs don’t make a right”.

  15. dee says:

    FACT is, if you try to outrun the cops, they WILL chase you, everyone knows this even 16 year olds. so if he was 18, it would be ok to chase him then because he’s now 2 years older? If you try to run the cops have no choice to assume you are a danger to society. Why didn’t he stop? It is ON the 16 year old, NOT the cops, just because the car is registered to someone doesn’t mean it’s that person driving the car. If you run, could mean you are a wanted murderer who stole a car, how do the cops know? They are just doing their jobs, protecting the public. Oh and by the way, how many people do you know that have ever suceeded outrunning the cops, one cop can have 20 cops and a helicopter in a matter of minutes

  16. Jason says:

    So, it is the cops fault that he dicided to run, speed, lose control and kill himself? What a bunch of crap! So anyone can run from the authorities and shouldn’t be chased? The cops can just go to their house and “bust” them later? Where is the personal responsibility these days? Sounds like all he had to do was sit in the car and he would have been fine. Even if he had somthing on him, he is a minor. Then he could have stepped up and taken responsibility and became a man. Was it worth running? Obviously not.

  17. Ridiculous says:

    I really do not understand why CBS lets people comment on these stories. I’m not saying what this young boy is ok, but he paid with his life, and his family is paying now. Please have some respect for them. We don’t know these people. He could have been the preacher’s son rebelling and drinking, and then he made one stupid decision while intoxicated. also, the cops did their job. The might not have even realized it was a teenager in that car. their job is protect those innocent people out there, and that is what they intended to do. You cannot blame other people for his decisions. I have known people I graduated with that had wonderful parents who did not supply alcohol and preached nonstop the dangers of drinking and driving. Their kids still did it, and after being punished, they still did it. Think about this family before you start judging and making stupid comments!

    1. Slim says:

      So why don’t you save your wind (and speech) too…

      Save all of us the rambling message that you burdened us with…


      1. You are Crazy! says:

        why does everyone play the blame game? Do you have kids? How would you feel if it were your child? Would you blame yourself????

        1. Sammy says:

          As a republican we have to blame someone.

    2. markH says:

      Are you seriously suggesting that being a “preacher’s son” somehow makes him more moral and decent? Do you read the papers or watch the news?

    3. mom says:

      my husband’s cousin a few years ago was stupid enough to go out with a friend and they were drinking and driving no one is sure who was driving but my husband’s cousin was killed. You are right that it is the family that pays, he was a very good kid, but it doesn’t lessen the fact that he was selfish and didn’t think about the consequences of his actions. His parents now have to go through life wondering why he didn’t listen to them when they talked to him about drinking and driving or why he thought it wouldn’t happen to him. But you are wrong that people shouldn’t express their opinions, what this kid did was dumb and he paid but it is a good thing in this situation and my husband’s cousins death that they were the ones killed and not my family or someone else’s. My children have known since his death how he died and why he died, and I hope they will remember what happened to him when they have to decided on making good or bad choices in life.

    4. eastside_evil says:

      I think it’s amusing you say “he could be the preacher’s son” as if being a preacher or being the preacher’s son somehow makes a person a good person worthy of living, whereas, the automechanic’s son I noticed wasn’t used as a reference. Gotta love the christians…

      1. REALLY? really? says:

        You missed the whole point of what they were saying…that it could have happened to ANYONE here….ANYONE, no matter how “perfect” people PERCIEVE any other person to be. It’s called judgement, like when you say how someone should have said something based on your own biases like you just did…..-thus rendering you completely missing the point-Casting judgement…that was the point, and THAT IS TO NOT JUDGE. Do I need to draw a picture for you to understand??????.

  18. LAS says:

    BK – How is this in any way the parents faults? Kids never do anything behind their parents back…..

  19. Artist36 says:

    Ah, no this is not on the cops… First off, what is a 16 year old doin out at 5 in the mornin? Drinkin, and probably drugs as well. Why should I have to be lookin out for drunks regardless of their age? Its bad enough havin to dodge all the texting teens every day the way it is. I’m afraid this one is on the parents who allow their kids easy access to alcohol and set no limits on curfew.

  20. Megan Brady says:

    Our jobs as parents is to raise our kids to the best of our abilities, so the child can grow up and make their own decisions. Yes he/she was 16, and made a couple mistakes here. But at 16 you never think about something killing you. The parents are not to blame, I can’t imagine how horrible they are feeling that they lost a child. Something no parent should have to go through. There are plenty of teens/young adults/elderly that are behind the wheel intoxicated or impaired, we should never wish death/injury even to the ones who obviously needed a little guidance. We don’t know the whole story here, so it would be best if people wouldn’t judge.

  21. Cathy says:

    Usually when innocent people are killed the cops are right behind making sure they’re still doing 100 miles per hr.

    1. Jet Engineer says:

      Cathy you are an idiot. The police did not force him to flee. The police did not force him to attempt to control a vehicle at speeds of 100 mph. The police did not shoot at him or make him afraid for his life (well maybe his carefree life STYLE). It was his CHOICE. As most every Parent and Adult knows, 16, scared of the consequences, and drunk is not the time to try and make a good choice. Maqn up. You did the crime, U do the time.

      1. Jamie says:

        The kid would still be alive if the idiot cops didn’t chase HIm ! I’ve been a cop for 20 years and people die when they

        1. Jim Lilaks says:

          You are not a cop you stupid fool. Any cop knows that speeds of 100 mph are a deadly mix. If they did not chase him would he have simply stopped. I do not thinks so. The runners never stop until they crash or somehow get stopped by the cop chasing them. Think like a cop before you lie to everyone. Or is it that you never actually were a road cop and only a officer junkie or supervisior

        2. MN Cop says:

          Doubtful…yes pursuits are dangerous. But I believe that simply letting people go because they run will create a monster that we don’t want to see. Now I am gonna run because I don’t want to get a simple traffic ticket. I’ll take my chances that the cop can’t identify me later. I will say I let someone borrow my car. And on and on and on. I have to be able to prove something to charge something so letting them go cant’ be the answer. That is not to say we need to use common sense. You can’t blindly chase cars through a neighborhood. You have to weigh the danger of the chase with the danger of letting it go. Leave it up to the cop!

    2. PS says:

      Cathy why do you feel that the police are to blame are you a moron the kid needs to take some responcibility DON’T BLAME THE POLICE !!!!!!!

  22. sunny says:

    Wow you guys!!?? Really?
    Should we put you all in a room together and say ,”behave your selves and play nice”.

  23. Rob Wagner says:

    What a great story. Was glad to hear no innocent people were hurt.

  24. blaine says:

    to Cathy … really .. I mean serouisly really ? please tell me your not a licensed minnesota driver … wow

  25. OSAMA DID IT! says:

    The thing I think some people forget…..there are stories about 7 YEAR OLD children stealing cars and trying to outrun the police!

    I have to say….the ones to blame here are..(In this order..)
    #1- The KID!
    #2- His parents
    #3- Society
    #4- Osama Bin Laden (why not)
    #5- The kid having Spring fever!
    #6- The Police

    1. eastside_evil says:

      Why his parents? Do you know them? Are you qualified to judge their every parenting misstep as the reason he took off in a car at a traffic stop? Really?

      1. Teas-er says:

        Because he’s 16……when I was 16….if my parents didn’t know where I was….there was heck to pay…..

        BUT!!!! I understand your point……

        Let’s put a “%” on each one…

        How’s that?

        1. eastside_evil says:

          Not good.

          It still doesn’t explain why you want to blame the parents.

          1. Julie says:

            For not knowing their child was out at 5 am in a vehicle with someone intoxicated?

            1. mamatellie says:

              If your kid was staying at a friend’s overnight, would you know where he was at 5am? Or would you assume he was where he said he would be? How many teenagers have you raised?

  26. Joan says:

    It’s sad that people need to blame other’s for this kids decision in that moment. We do not know this family and should all feel so sorry for their loss.

  27. Charles says:

    Darwinism at its finest.

    1. Marie says:

      At least his medical costs were at a minimum; it sounds like there was only an ER visit. Surviving a car crash and ejection can lead to multiple permanent injuries and disabilities and and millions of dollars in heatlhcare costs (that the state would assume). I’ve seen this too many times.

  28. Pete says:

    Regardless of anybody’s parenting skills, kids are going to do stupid things. That’s life. This kid was out doing something he wasn’t supposed to, got caught and panicked.

  29. Thinking says:

    Kids have never been good at doing what their parents tell them to do, but very, very good at doing the things they see their parents do.

  30. Brian says:

    Deadly combo — high-speed chase and no seatbelt. Sad that this happens as often as it does.

  31. Rick Betts says:

    What about the trees? What about the car? Why must innocent vegetation and inanimate objects always be injured when stupid people flee the police?! Forget the teenager – he was doing something dumb and paid the ultimate price. As harsh as it sounds, we are probably better off as a society that is ended this way.

  32. Cache says:

    Dopey… came to party hardy …he par – teed…he paid the party piper!

  33. marka$$ says:

    I blame the police. yeah i said it! the damn car should have been shut off and the keys taken. And if they did chase it at 100 mph they not only caused this kids death they put anybody else in the area and on the road in danger.

    1. captainobvious says:

      Ive been pulled over 10-15 times cant say i remember the cop taking my keys as his 1st action, you blame the cops because your probably always in trouble, your prolly the guy who says i hate f%$king cops, dude they always hassle me. Your a Leonard

    2. PS says:

      marka$$ your an idiot kid made a stupid decision and paid the price IT IS NOT THE POLICE OFFICER’S FAULT I hope you never need our finest or there maybe late to help you …………..SUPPORT YOU LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!

      1. markass says:

        your just another PIG PS. over paid donut eatin PIG, lol

  34. Scott says:

    I guess the part I dont understand reading this is…let see Drunk and getting pulled over at 500am in the morin…hmmm that sounds little goofy…Parents where not concerned where there son was at 500am I know he might have been at some one else house but still…last time I check kids have a curfew on weekends that under 18 yrs old have to be home I think no later then midnight…sad sad day…I would like to hear more about the story I think…

  35. X says:

    I di d not really thought about it before, but really – why did the police start chasing the car, when the passenger drove away?

    Sure, the police stopped the car for suspicion of DWI, but they had the driver in custody.

    Really, what did they care, and why were they concerned, if the car drove awy with the other person at the wheel?

    If they had not persued him, it is quite likely that the fellow would have driven home parked the car and gone to bed.

    Did they really have to chase him?

  36. Ali Bama says:

    Not only is it the cops fault..somehow it is also its Jesus, Mohamed and the Buhdda fault too.

  37. Paul says:

    High speed chases should be against policy. Too risky to the police officers involved, too risky to the public, and to risky for the idiot behind the wheel. The police are responsible for this? Why didn’t they take the keys when they removed the driver for suspicion of DWI? How hard would it have been to ID the teen and then quietly go to his home, wake him up and arrest him?

    Such a senseless tragedy.

    1. eastside_evil says:

      Good idea. From now on, I’m not stoppin.

    2. captainobvious says:

      Im game il drink and drive all the time, then just speed off free and clear, spend the night at a friends and deal with the trouble the next day sober, ur smart Paul

    3. PS says:

      paul maybe they should just shot anyone the pull over so there is no chance of the perp trying to run!

  38. chadw80 says:

    For everyone blaming the parents, who actually knows the actual facts of this story? There could be so much info that is left out or completely incorrect. It does not say how old the first driver even was. Could have been with an adult for all we know. This kid made a poor choice and paid with his life. Its a very sad story but it could have ended worse. Others could have paid for it also. PPl are making this kid sound like a bad person. Last time I checked, only one person has the right to judge anyone and I guarantee he does not use the internet………..

    1. Um...Chad..... says:

      Um Chad…..LINE ONE in the story reads:
      “A 16-year-old who led police on a chase in Bemidji”

      So I think we know…..Sorry…..

      1. HHHmmm says:

        He said first driver….so learn to read as well.

    2. JamieinMN says:

      Oh Chad……… sure are special, ain’t-cha? Either that or you can’t read.

  39. Sanity says:

    This teen put his family, friends, community and local police officers through hell. It was his decisions and his actions that caused this tragedy. Nobody is to blame except this teen. It is time for a little personal responsibility.

  40. KAZMAN says:

    This teenager made a bad choice and now his family is feeling the pain of losing a child. Is it their fault this happened i would say probably not. Perhaps he was scared of consequences he may face unknowing of laws or perhaps there was somthing in the car he wanted to hide so the police wouldnt find it and save his friend from more severe penalties questions remain unanswered police were performing their job and taking the keys out of the ignition is not a priority however both occupants should have been outside of the car. We are fortunate that innocent lives were not injured or taken because of this poor decision that has ended in tragedy.

  41. Melissa says:

    Well do we really believe that parents “let” their 16 old kids be out at 5:00 am? Drinking? Teen-agers do dumb things, comes with the territory. In fact, I’m willing to go way out on a limb here and say that each one of us posting here did something dumb our parents told us not to do, including being out past curfew.

    Blame the cops? I don’t see how. Tragically, this kid, like every other 16 year old out there, did something impulsive, stupid and reckless. Quite unfortunately he and his family have paid the ultimate price. Blame? That just seems silly to me.

    My sympathies to his family and friends.

  42. esperanza says:

    U guys are so disrepectful, that kid was my friend and yet u guys can just sit here and talk crap… just selfish people thats all u are… u only care about urselves and not others… how would u feel if ur family member or friend died and people were talking crap… people shouldnt even be able 2 comment on these kind of things…

    1. eastside_evil says:

      esperanza, this is not a text message, so text speak is not appropriate. Or perhaps you just are unable to spell the word “your?”

      1. jim lilak says:

        i agre sinc text and talk are the same to a kid. public skool at it best. git the humar you dumb friend of a dead kid.

    2. sally kirkland says:

      Sorry boy I would not feel great. I would be grateful that he did not hurt anyone else. So shove the hot poker up your behind and bash the kids stupid stunt and do not defend such foolishness. Defend the wronged not the wrong doer. sorry for the spelling error

  43. HS Student says:

    Blaming the parents is absolutely wrong in every way possible. I’m a 17 year old highs school student and i know first hand how incredibly easy it is to tell your parents your staying at a friends house and then go out and get drunk. It happens almost every weekend for me, “hey mom, im staying at so and so’s house see ya in the morning!” Next thing you know im at a party, simple as that. There is no way to stop your teen from rebelling and doing what they want to do. Sure, you can force us to come home each and every night and stay there.. Its not like we cant walk out the back door at 12am while your sleeping and come home before you wake up. You parents are oblivious to everything

    1. dah-der-dolt says:

      So why arn’t u in schoo l at 930am? Do you go to loser alternative school

      1. mamatellie says:

        School is school, and the fact that you would call alternative school loser school says a lot about you right there. I’ve known kids (including one of my own) that ended up graduating but from the alternative school due to life incidents that had nothing to do with being a loser or even due to things that were their own fault. Bottom line is, graduating is graduating.

    2. eastside_evil says:

      HS Student, you might have the dumbest parents North of the Mason-Dixon line.

  44. DEE says:


  45. Darren says:

    1. Who was pulled over for a possible DWI? Wasn’t it the other driver?
    2. So if he didn’t commit a crime, he was just a witness. SO why did the cops chase after him? The story doesn’t say that he was drunk does it? I am not sure what crime he committed if any?
    3. I at the age of 16 was often on my way to high school that early in the morning for practice or working out, so yes that is not too early when school starts at 7am.
    4. Do you think the parents are responsible? When there is a 50% divorce rate in this country and so many of the kids have been abandoned by bad parents.
    5. The kid made a bad choice by leaving the scene of his friends DWI, but I can’t think of any laws he broke. Then he took off for whatebver reason and then committed a crime of speeding and crashed the car and was killed.

    1. mamatellie says:

      1. Yes, it was the other driver
      2. You cannot leave the scene like that, regardless of whether or not you were driving, even if it’s YOUR car.
      3. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t on his way to school. If he was, then he wasn’t doing anything wrong and wouldn’t have run like that.
      4. No, the parents are NOT responsible – regardless of the teen’s situation. They were NOT there. We cannot always be responsible for our children’s actions/decisions.
      5. Yes, he made a bad decision, but you cannot just take off in that situation without the police telling you that you can. They don’t know what you’re up to, why you’re taking off, etc. Also, if the driver was charged with DUI, the vehicle would’ve been impounded.

    2. PS says:

      if it wasn’t his car, i would say that is GRAND THEFT AUTO ! sounds tike a crime to me!

  46. jez says:

    Well, too bad for everyone. Isn’t it? Lots of lessons to be learned here.

  47. g. herbert green says:

    I know that we all want to find a reason why this happened. Just remember this ” This is how god thins the herd”

    1. Bob Potter says:

      GOD THINS THE HERD? But I thought he loves us. Stupid christian brainwashed zombies,.

      1. PS says:


  48. Patricia Winterfeldt says:

    You people cant expect a teen to have common sense as an adult has and add alcohol and its hopeless.Adults do crazy things while drinking well its 10times worse for a 16yr old. we see it as wrong but teens dont have the capability to see things like we do as an adult. that is where we as parents are suppose to be guiding them. ,,,His parents gotta live with this the rest of their lives…its a senseless loss of a young boy…… Its a sad loss for his family…and others who love him…. like me i considered him a Nephew.. Rest Ez. Lil Moe..have a safe journey. your gone but not forgotten. watch out for your family left behind…

  49. trl the alligator says:

    …..WHATEVER…he did it to himself…….there shall be no tears shed here…..

  50. Reasonable says:

    Almost hate to say it, but thank you for removing yourself from the gene pool kid.

  51. Allan says:

    So many people trying so hard to deny any responsibility for our boys… They need you. Talk WITH them. Try to understand them. Listen to them. It takes more than just the parents. The cops. It takes everyone…. How can you just write them off??? Throw them away? Wow. “did it to himself” “thin the herd”…. It’s you I don’t want to live with personally with that attitude. We are all more connected than that.

  52. sporty007 says:

    Wait a minute – the driver was suspected of dui – not that he was drunk – the kid that was killed was a passenger – Why they chased him is beyond me, but if they wouldn’t have he wouldn’t have been doing a 100 mph – they already had the driver – who knew the passenger and most likely knew where he lived, so it would have been a simple matter of picking him up later – Bemidji isn’t that large of a town and at 5 a.m. pretty much the only people up are the farmers. As far as why the kid was out that early – could be he was out all nite or it could be something as simple as he was getting a ride home after being at a friends house. Geesh people talk about thinking the worst in someone before you know the whole story. The blame in this lies in both parties – the teenager and the police.

  53. Cece says:

    They should never have chased this kid. He would have been caught, ratted out by the driver, instead the police contributed to creating a very dangerous situation for other drivers.
    The article clearly states chased by 3 officer’s and reaching speeds close to or over 100 mph, if no one was chasing him, he would not have continued to accerate. I’m not saying he’s not completely responsible, but law enforcement should have applied some common sense to the incident.

    1. PS says:


  54. Mark Willmus says:

    GWhat percent of the yeayly traffic death are cops responsible for ???? I had a very hard time teaching my DOG to not not chase rabbits.

  55. marka$$ says:


  56. Tom says:

    Good riddance. Saved us money too – no trial, no jail.

    1. mamatellie says:

      Very compassionate way to talk about a teenager that surely was scared and not thinking straight, and DIED. I sure hope no one in your family ever does something stupid and dies because of it….I’d rather pay the taxes for a trial and jail for a teenager than hear of his family having to pay for a funeral. I sure hope you’re not a parent or a grandparent….frightening attitude to have.

  57. Tom says:

    @Esperanza: Some day, many years from now, when you become an adult, you’ll realize that sometimes, people do stupid things. On rare occasions, when people do stupid things they get hurt or die – or injure or kill someone else. Actions have consequences.

    You’re right – I really don’t care. He did it to himself. I’d care about the people he hurt if he had hurt or killed someone else. Life is hard for alot of people, and the vast majority of them don’t lead police on a 100-MPH police chase.

    Let his stupid and untimely death be a warning to you and your friends. Live your lives the right way and you won’t wind up dead before you had a chance to live.

  58. cas041 says:

    Wow. There’s a lot of hatred here. Name-calling doesn’t make anything better, certainly doesn’t win the argument, and really shows you for what you are. Unfortunately, this kind of “communication” is what makes our society what it has become.

  59. Tim says:

    this will not change because it hasnt changed. people still run and cops still chase. there is no lesson learned here. Its a statiistic.

  60. Buck Rogers says:


  61. xxx says:

    I have read of several instances like this in recent months.
    How difficult would it be to have the keys taken from the vehicle any time that someone is stopped so that someone else in the vehicle does not start the vehicle and drive it away?

  62. lloyd says:

    got what he deserved!

  63. Ty says:

    I think cops shouldnt chase, lbecause cause teens got scare and go away. If cops chase then will cause more dangerous. Think need cool off until gas run out or someone spot and reported.

  64. Tom says:

    I’d like to see and hear how cops can prove kid got drunk? How? How much got alchol %? Checkout result test from BCI will info and show if cop is correct or wrong..if no alochol in body. Why cops said? Hmm? Everyone want to see proof !

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