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16-year-old boy killed after grandmother calls police to report that her grandson took her car

By Mason White 10:33 AM July 11, 2014
Tyler Johnson 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A 16-year-old boy was killed during a police chase after taking his grandmother’s car on a joyride.

Now, the grandmother who called police on her grandson, is distraught over his death.

Tyler Johnson of Bradley County, Tennessee, was killed when a police cruiser hit his car in an attempt to get him off the road during the police chase.

Johnson was killed on Michigan Avenue, just hours after taking his grandmother’s car.

Ruth Johnson said she was at a friend’s house looking for her grandson when he stopped at the same friend’s house, but when he saw his grandma at the home he took off.

His grandma got into a car to follow him in an attempt to stop the teen from driving. However, when he would not stop the grandmother called the police.

Ruth Johnson said that she asked the police to put spikes on the road and begged them not to use sirens because “Tyler would panic and run.”

However, officers did exactly that and the scared teen led them on a high speed chase. The police cruiser hit the car, which went into a ditch and hit a telephone pole at about 80 miles per hour, killing the boy.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.