13-year-old driver runs from cops, destroys trailer worth over $30,000
PASCO, Wash. — Police said early Tuesday morning a 13-year-old boy took his parents' car, and then officers, on a wild ride through Pasco, eventually smashing into a $40,000 trailer.
The owner was too shaken up to talk with us but his neighbor told Action News it's a miracle nobody was killed.
Martha Godinez lives just feet from the spot a trailer weighing thousands of pounds landed after police said an underage driver fleeing from officers crashed after blowing through a stop sign and missing a curve in the road.
"It was really really scary," Godinez said, adding the mess was bad but things could have been much worse. "I thank God nobody died."
Godinez's neighbor owns the trailer. He said if the crash had happened on Tuesday night his 80-year-old mother would have been staying in the trailer.
Right where the car landed.
"He said, 'What happened?' and I said, "Boy, I don't know'," Godinez said, adding that both she and her neighbor have reasons to feel grateful. "My heart was pounding so hard, I was thinking, 'Oh my God, if the motor home wasn't there it would be in my home'."
She said she heard a loud crash and when she looked out the window she saw two kids.
"I don't know how they get out from the car, the two teenagers," she said.
Pasco Police said the driver and passenger were both 13-years-old, and only a few minutes earlier police tried to approach the car parked along the river in Chiawana Park after hours.
Police ended the chase after the 2017 Nissan Murano left the road to drive through a field on Road 88.
PPD said the passenger was uninjured and left the scene.
They've since contacted her and said she's safe.
The trailer's owner said the camper cost him more than $30 thousand but Godinez said she's grateful everyone, including the kids, survived.
"Because materials come and go," she explained. "We can buy materials, but a life we can't buy."