Police arrested a 12-year-old after he led them on a car chase from Goose Creek to Interstate 26, according to investigators.

Thursday afternoon, Goose Creek police responded to a hit-and-run of an unattended car at the Wal-Mart parking lot on St. James Avenue.

Jacob Thiry, of Summerville, told The Post and Courier he saw a young guy, who he said looked like he was in his early teens, crash a sports utility vehicle into a van in the parking lot.

“The guy got out of the car and started walking down the road towards the Wal-Mart. Then he turns around and runs back into the car and drives away,” Thiry said.

He snapped some photos of the SUV as it drove away and called police, he said.

Police found the car heading eastbound on S.C. Highway 176 near Thomason Boulevard and tried to stop the driver. The driver did not stop and got on I-26 eastbound, according to authorities.

The driver got around the stop sticks that had been laid down by North Charleston police near Remount Road and continued on I-26. The second set of stop sticks near Montague Avenue stopped the driver and deflated two of the vehicle’s tires. The child who police say was driving the car was arrested and charged with possessing a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for a blue light, leaving the scene of an accident involving an unattended vehicle, and driving without a license.

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