WSP: Drunk 14-year-old crashes car while fleeing from trooper

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A 14-year-old boy suspected of driving while drunk was arrested early Wednesday after crashing into four cars as he tried to elude a pursuing trooper, the Washington State Patrol reports.

A State Patrol spokesman says the boy was driving a 2009 Pontiac south on Guide Meridian at about 6:40 a.m. when a trooper saw the car weaving erratically and traveling well under the speed limit.

When the trooper tried to pull the car over, the boy turned off the highway and accelerated. He drove into an apartment complex parking lot, where the Pontiac crashed into four other vehicles before finally coming to a stop.

Caressa Weber lives nearby and heard the crash.

"Holy crap! My heart was pounding throughout the whole morning because I woke up to this whole bam, crash," she said.

The 14-year-old was arrested and booked into the juvenile detention center for investigation of driving under the influence, eluding and motor vehicle theft. More charges are possible.

Weber went outside and saw the boy being arrested.

"He was pretty shaken up, the youngest one. He was in handcuffs - they did handcuff him. They had him sitting on the curb and his whole body was shaking because I think he was just so scared," she said.

Also in the car with him were two 12-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 53-year-old man, said State Patrol spokesman Keith Leary. He said all of them were extremely drunk, with the exception of one 12-year-old.

Reached Wednesday, the driver's grandmother said he's a good child and the crash was a "cry for help."