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Boy, 10, Steals His Parents' Car to Buy Soda, Leads Police on High-Speed Chase: Cops

Ohio police chased an erratic driver who nearly plowed into a semi-trailer before stopping in a parking lot. Ohio police chased an erratic driver who nearly plowed into a semi-trailer before stopping in a parking lot.

A reckless driver in Ohio was speeding, swerving and refusing to pull over - and when he finally gave up the chase, police said they were stunned to discover he was 10 years old. 

A patrol officer had tried to stop the car, but it sped away, veering into oncoming traffic and nearly plowing head-on into a semi-trailer truck, authorities in Fostoria said.

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When the car finally slammed to a stop in the parking lot of a restaurant at about 7 a.m. Sunday, police discovered a very short driver behind the wheel, officials said.

The 10-year-old told the officer he had stolen his parent’s vehicle so he could drive to a convenience store to buy a soda, authorities said. He had driven 11 miles, from the nearby town of Kansas, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph, police said.

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“Besides himself, he placed a lot of people in serious danger,” Police Chief Keith Loreno told The Review Times.

The child was charged with fleeing from a law enforcement officer. His parents were not charged. Children’s services workers are reviewing the incident, the paper said.

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