UNIONTOWN (KDKA) – A 14-year-old boy is facing juvenile charges after police found a loaded gun in his pocket.
Police made the discovery after the boy led them on a chase through the streets of Uniontown.
Uniontown Police were on patrol around 3 p.m. Monday when an officer saw a 14-year-old boy he knew from another investigation behind the wheel of a car.
The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop near Gallatin Avenue and Lenox Street, but the teen took off, which initiated a chase.
“The pursuit went through a couple city blocks. The suspect eventually drove through a muddy vacant lot where the vehicle became disabled and he was taken into custody,” Uniontown Police Det. Donald Gmitter said.
Police said it’s amazing their cruisers didn’t get stuck in the mud too.
The teen was taken into custody and that’s when police made a disturbing discovery.
“After he was arrested, while they were searching him, they found a loaded handgun in his pocket. He didn’t pull it on anybody or point it at anybody, but it was found on his person,” Det. Gmitter said.
Police said finding loaded guns on teens is a problem that’s becoming all too common. It’s one that will take a community effort to control.
The teen is not being identified because of his age.
He’s being held at the Westmoreland County Juvenile Detention Center.