11-Year-Old Girl Leads Police on 13-Mile Chase After She Takes Off In Mom's Car: Cops
An 11-year-old Florida girl was arrested Monday after cops say she took off in her mother's car before leading police on a 13-mile chase.
The drama began to unfold early in the morning with a mother's panicked call to authorities over fears her little girl had been kidnapped.
According to police, the unnamed girl told her mom she needed to borrow the car keys to get a schoolbook she'd locked inside the vehicle outside their Pembroke Pines home.
A lookout call was issued for the girl before police in the city of Hollywood located the vehicle. Authorities say the girl was behind the wheel and refused to stop driving, WSVN reported.
The girl allegedly sped off, leading police on a 13-mile pursuit until they realized she was alone in the car.
The car reportedly came to a stop when it crashed into a local attorney's BMW while driving in the wrong lane.
"An 11-year-old crashed into my car after taking her mom's car for a joyride. It was a scary experience, but am very grateful to God that both of our lives were spared in what could have been a catastrophic accident," the motorist, Richard Champagne, told WSVN.
Champagne told the station that he planned to leave the scene and get checked out at a hospital.
The girl was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Authorities said there were no serious injuries.
Police led the 11-year-old away in handcuffs. She's reportedly been charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding and operating a vehicle without a license.
She was held in a juvenile detention center pending a meeting with a judge slated for Tuesday.