Wilson teen critically injured in car theft spree

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

WILSON, OK - A Wilson teenager who allegedly stole three different vehicles is in critical condition tonight after leading police on a high speed chase.

18- year-old, Wilson High School student Joey Stearns went to bed Tuesday night and woke up to find his car totalled.

"I mean I was upset that he stole my car out of my front yard, but I don't wish what happened to him on anybody," Stearns said.

And Stearns was the 15-year-old boys fourth and final stop on his streak of crimes early Wednesday morning.

"It started and 8th Street and Ridge Road, Wilson Police Chief Felix Hernandez said. "There was an attempt to break into a vehicle. It was locked so it was unsuccessful."

Chief Hernandez says then the teen went down the block, hopped into a pick-up truck but crashed while taking a turn on the road too fast.

"They ditched the truck there, went about an 1/8th of a mile, went and got another pick-up truck," Hernandez said.

From there the teen drove to Stearns' house off Persimmons St, where he got behind the wheel of Stearns' Mitsubishi Eclipse.

"He might have had something against me but I never knew," Stearns said.

Chief Hernandez says police attempted to pull over the stolen vehicle around 5:35 a.m.

"The vehicle wouldnt stop so the pursuit continued to Oil City Road and then east, where the vehicle crashed," Hernandez said.

The pursuit lasted about 19 minutes, ending at 5:54 a.m. and covering 15 miles.

Hernandez says the boy was known for causing mischief around town but nothing to this extent.

"Its tragic because it was a 15-year-old that was involved, as police officers we don't like to see stuff like this happen," Hernandez said.

The boy was flown to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he is in critical condition.


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