(HURON COUNTY) -- A 16-year old Gagetown boy escaped serious injury following an auto theft spree Wednesday that last an hour and ended in a fiery crash. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the juvenile suspect was first spotted in a hit and run property damage incident just after 6 a.m. by Sebewaing DPW workers. The boy was seen driving a GMC Blazer that sideswiped two vehicles. Deputies responding learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen from a residence in Sebewaing earlier in the morning. The vehicle was found in a ditch about 1.5 miles east of Sebewaing. The shirtless suspect then approached a nearby home and began banging on doors before using a decorative milk can to break out the window of a 2010 Chrysler van. The suspect took the homeowners ATV and headed north to a residence located at Lange and Gremel Roads. At that residence, he drove the ATV through a garage door and took a 2004 Chevrolet pickup. The suspect put the pickup in a ditch on Gettel Road and stole a 2009 Chevrolet pickup from another residence by driving that pickup through the garage door. The owner followed the suspect and witnessed the pickup spin into a ditch. After a non-physical confrontation, the suspect headed to a nearby residence and attempted to steal a 2001 Kawasaki Motorcycle. The large motorcycle tipped over and the suspect fled to another residence where he took a 2004 Dodge Stratus. Bad Axe Police Officer Shawn Webber was able to catch up to the suspect, who attempted to hit the patrol car head-on. Officer Webber avoided a collision and a chase ensued. The chase ended on Notter Road, just north of Sebewaing Road in Brookfield Township, when the vehicle entered the ditch, rolled over four times, and burst into flames. Officer Webber ran to the car and was able to get the suspect out. The 16-year old suspect was taken to Scheurer Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Formal charges are expected.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HURON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT