14-year-old arrested after joyride in Hastings
Hastings police responded to a hit-and-run incident at Hastings Middle School at 2:57 p.m. A driver reported his truck had been damaged while he was inside the school. A witness provided the suspect vehicle's license plate to police, which showed the vehicle had been stolen from an auto repair business along South Frontage Road on Feb. 13. The vehicle had been parked in the business's lot overnight for repair.
On Feb. 21, Hastings police were called by a Dakota County deputy who was following the stolen vehicle. Multiple juvenile males were inside. Officers pursued the vehicle to West 23rd Street, where the driver of the stolen vehicle lost control, left the roadway, launched the car over a snowbank and landscape wall into a gas station, causing heavy damage to the vehicle. The juvenile male driver fled the scene on foot and was caught by a deputy who pursued him. The 14-year-old Hastings boy was arrested and charged with felony theft, felony fleeing in a motor vehicle, misdemeanor fleeing on foot, fleeing the scene of an accident, property damage and driving without a Minnesota license.