12-Year-Old Takes Family Van on Joyride


Almost everyone learns to drive a vehicle at one point in their lives, some sooner than others. A 12-year-old boy from California was arrested on suspicion of stealing his family’s van, leading deputies on a high-speed chase to detain him.

A deputy from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling the Riverdale area when he noticed a large cloud of dust. After approaching the scene, a local resident told him a mini-van had hit an advertisement sign before driving away.

The deputy was able to catch up with the van and attempted to get the driver to make a traffic stop. The driver sped away hitting speeds over 70 mph while also running into stop signs and driving on the opposite side of the road.

Authorities said that deputies made several attempts to stop the van by laying down spike strips but the driver was able to avoid them. The driver even tried to swerve around a spike strip and almost hit a sergeant in the process.

“As the boy turned away from the sergeant, back toward the middle of the road, he ran over the spike strip. His mini-van suffered damage to a tire,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook

The suspected boy was detained by deputies and booked into the juvenile hall. He was charged with auto theft, evading police and assault with a deadly weapon.

After an investigation, it’s believed the boy stole the family van in order to drive from Hanford, California, to Sacramento, which is where he used to live. No injuries occurred during this incident.


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