Police arrested the boy about an hour later after a chase with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.
Police say the boy took his father's auto from his Cleveland home Thursday and led police down I-90 and the Ohio Turnpike.
"In any pursuit you have to weigh the risk versus reward when chasing a vehicle, and knowing that it was a 10-year-old child involved as a driver there's a big unknown there".
Authorities said a little boy took them on a high-speed chase after reportedly stealing the vehicle of his mother's boyfriend, that lasted around 45 miles.
Police said the boy's father reported him missing around 9 a.m. local time. After the vehicle the boy was driving came to a complete stop, officers ran over to that auto door, broke the window and removed the boy from the auto. Three Westlake officers tried to stop the 2004 Toyota Avalon along the interstate and followed it for more than 15 miles (24 kilometers) at high speeds until the boy drove through a toll booth and entered the westbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike, Westlake police Capt. Guy Turner said.
After making eye contact with the boy during the chase, a trooper signaled him to pull over.
Troopers tried to box him in and put stop sticks in the road but the boy drove into the ditch to avoid them.
The highway patrol set off in pursuit.
The chase ended when a state trooper nudged the boy's vehicle into a sign and prevented him from returning to the roadway. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He will be placed in the custody of Erie County Children's Services after being evaluated. Police will consult with county prosecutors about possible charges. "He's a good driver".
According to a police report obtained by The Tribune, the boy allegedly stole his mother's auto on October 16.