11-year-old girl takes mother’s car for joyride, crashes

PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - Police chased a driver, Monday morning, that turned out to be a juvenile who took her mother’s car for a joyride.

At around 6:26 a.m. Monday, police received a call regarding a mother who believed her daughter had been kidnapped. According to officials, the girl asked for her mother’s keys to get a book from the car at their Pembroke Pines home. After about 10 minutes since the daughter exited the house, the mother went outside to find her car and daughter missing.

A “be on the lookout” was issued shortly after the mother’s call to police. Hollywood police were able to locate the vehicle at University Drive and Stirling Road. However, the girl refused to stop driving.

When she sped away, police pursued for 13 miles. Once discovering the girl was the only person in the car, police vehicles backed off, officials said.

Once in the area of Weston Road and SR 84 in Sunrise, the vehicle crashed into another car. The Kia rolled over after the collision.

“I hope that she’s OK,” said Richard Champage, the driver whose vehicle was wrecked by the 11-year-old. “I’m pretty sure that this accident could’ve been worse. Having said that, we just have to deal with the aftermath.”

Police said there were no serious injuries.

“I tried my best to avoid her,” said Champage. “I tried my best to protect myself, and the reality is she came, she hit my car. She was being chased by several police officers at the time.”

Champage said he’ll go to the hospital as a precaution. “I’m not feeling well. I’m gonna go and get myself checked out at the hospital,” he said.

The child was handcuffed and transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution and later released.

Hollywood police has charged her with aggravated fleeing and eluding and operating a vehicle without a license.

She is being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center. She will appear before a judge on Tuesday.

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