11-year-old girl agrees to program that could eliminate charges after joy ride

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A young girl arrested and accused of taking her mother’s car for a joyride faced a judge, Wednesday morning, to decide whether she will face charges.

The state attorney, defense and Broward County judge agreed upon a program for the 11-year-old in lieu of charging her with aggravated fleeing and eluding and operating a vehicle without a license.

If she completes the program, then no charges will be filed.

The charges stem from last month’s police chase where the 11-year-old took her mother’s SUV on a 13-mile joy ride, which ended with her crashing into a man’s car.

The 11-year-old’s mother gave her brand-new Kia Sportage’s keys to her daughter to allegedly retrieve a library book from the car. After some time, the mother went outside to find her daughter and car missing.

Thinking her daughter might have been kidnapped, she contacted police, who found the child at the wheel of the SUV. She refused to stop for police.

The Kia rolled over after the collision. Both drivers were not seriously injured, however.

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