A 15-year-old gangbanger is in custody after wrecking a blue 2016 Corvette Z06 that authorities say he stole from a Meridianville, Alabama dealership after 3 a.m.

The owner of the car lot Patriot Automotive, 11999 Highway 231 431 North, watched via security cam as the teen broke a window and entered the business. He quickly alerted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office that the Z06 had been stolen, and deputies spotted the alleged thief about 3:30 a.m. but were unable to get him to stop.

“Vehicle pursuits are the last thing we want any of our personnel involved in,” Brent Patterson of the sheriff’s office told WAFF-TV News.
The chase finally came to an end about 4 a.m., when the teen crashed the car on the I-565 off-ramp near Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville.

“In this day and time, what criminals don’t understand is that the new generation of technology is cameras,” Patterson said.
“And we’re catching a lot of individuals because of cooperation, not only with the public but with the media as well.”

Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash, but the teen faces multiple charges, including attempting to elude, burglary, and theft of property.

Patterson told WAFF he hopes the young man is able to turn his life around. “We hope when he gets to the D-home (Juvenile Detention), they can work out his issues and they can recover from this down the road,” he said.

The owner of Patriot Automotive, meanwhile, expressed thanks for the hard work of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Huntsville Police Department for acting so quickly and apprehending the suspect, WAFF reported.

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