South Bend boy unharmed after stealing family SUV, driving into pond

(Photo supplied/South Bend Police Department)

An investigation is under way after a boy, around 10 years-old stole a vehicle and drove into a pond.

It was just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 22, when South Bend Police were called about a stolen vehicle incident in the River Park area.

Officers were advised that a boy has stolen a family member’s SUV.

As officers were responding, officered received several calls about the SUV driving recklessly along Ironwood Drive, including the report of a hit-and-run at Ironwood Drive and Pleasant Street.

The vehicle then traveled outside city limits, and officers received a report of a mailbox that had been struck near Fellows Street and Jackson Road in St. Joseph County.

A South Bend Police Officer tried to stop the vehicle near Johnson Road and Fellows Street. However, the suspect vehicle continued, drove over the grass at St. Jude Catholic Church on Johnson Road, and into a pond on the church’s property.

The juvenile got out of the vehicle on his own and was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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