In an interview with Channel 5, Christopher Hampton, who's been identified alternately as the father of the 10-year-old who led police on a high-speed chase yesterday and as the child's mother's boyfriend, said the kid thought it was a joke.
“He thinks everything is funny,” he told NewsNet5. “He thinks because he got away with it the first time, they ain’t going to do nothing to him this time. I told him, he could’ve hurt somebody, he could’ve hurt himself, or he could’ve been killed, he could’ve killed somebody else… and you knew you were wrong. Everything you do is not a joke.”
"The first time" Hampton is referencing was last week, when the boy stole his mother's car and cruised around Cleveland without drawing the attention of authorities. Yesterday's dangerous, high-speed escapade in his father's car was different, of course: He drove all the way to Milan, OH, leading Ohio state troopers and local police on a chase that topped 100 mph at times. He avoided their blockades, strip sticks, and was eventually apprehended — amazingly, without injuring himself or others — after crashing into a sign in a ditch.