An 11-year-old drove himself more than 200 miles to meet a man he’d been talking to on Snapchat.
The child, who lives in South Carolina, drove to Charleston to try to meet up with the man, but then got lost and encountered a police officer on the way, authorities said.
On Sunday, an officer with the Charleston Police Department pulled up next to the boy just after midnight and the boy confessed that he’d taken his brother’s car and set out on a journey to “live with an unknown male he met on Snapchat,” police said.
He told the officer he’d been driving for three hours already but got lost when the GPS app on his dad's tablet stopped working.
Police then contacted the boy’s father, who was in the middle of reporting the boy missing to police.
Authorities said they weren’t able to identify the man the boy was supposed to be meeting because the Snapchat messages had already disappeared, but they kept the tablet to investigate further.
The child was released to his father after he drove down to get him.