GRAND SHUTE — A 14-year-old boy from Milwaukee — driving a stolen vehicle — died after crashing into a light pole in the parking lot of a Fox Valley IHOP restaurant, police say.
Grand Chute police tell WLUK the episode began around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, October 23rd — when they were looking for a vehicle in connection with a reckless-driving case in Neenah.
Just before 11:50 p.m., an officer spotted the vehicle headed south on Interstate 41 in Grand Chute. After seeing the vehicle leave its lane, the officer tried to pull it over.
The driver sped up, eventually reaching an estimated 100 miles-per-hour.
Once the vehicle started going that fast, the officer backed off. The driver suddenly exited at Wisconsin Avenue and eventually crashed into a light pole outside the IHOP restaurant near the Fox River Mall.
The driver was airlifted to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Police say their investigation revealed the teen driver had stolen his uncle’s vehicle in Oshkosh.
The restaurant was damaged in the crash. It opened for business on Monday but part of it was closed off.
The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the incident.