Cops: 12-Year-Old Boy Goes On 300-Mile Joyride in Dad's Truck

| by Nik Bonopartis
A Ford F-150 Pick-Up Truck.A Ford F-150 Pick-Up Truck.

Corey Haim and Corey Feldman have nothing on a 12-year-old Virginia boy when it comes to joyrides.

The Coreys starred in the 1987 cult classic "License To Drive," in which Haim's character takes out his grandfather's beloved 1972 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, despite failing his driving test, so he can impress a girl on a date.

But while Haim's movie character never left city limits, a 12-year-old Virginia boy drove more than 300 miles in his father's truck -- and even crossed state borders into South Carolina -- before troopers pulled him over when they received a tip about an erratic driver on Interstate 95, according to WTVR, a CBS affiliate in Richmond. The incident occurred in June.

The boy's parents were reportedly unaware of their son's whereabouts, as he was supposed to be in class at J.E.J. Moore Middle School in Prince George, Virginia. It wasn't until troopers ran the Ford F-150's license plate, and discovered the boy lived in Virginia, that they reached out to local police, who then called the boy's parents.

"We were called by South Carolina State Police to go" to a local address, Prince George County Lt. Paul Burroughs told WTVR.

Initially, the boy was taken to a juvenile detention center in Marion County, South Carolina, but a follow-up report by WMBF said the child had been reunited with his parents, who were at work when cops reached them.

Police also found two handguns inside the F-150 when they caught up to the boy on I-95, according to WTVR.

"It’s very concerning that was in vehicle with him, and you wonder what he was planning to do," neighbor Danielle Booth told the TV news station.

Although he stole the truck from his parents, drove illegally and had weapons in the car, the boy was not immediately charged by police, according to follow-up reports. It was not clear if the boy brought the weapons with him or if they were already in the car when he took off.

The child was not identified in media reports because, at 12 years old, he could qualify for youthful offender status. Cases involving minors are typically handled in family court, and most states allow crimes committed by juveniles to be stricken from the record if the child follows court orders and remains out of trouble for a period of time dictated by a judge.

Sources: WTVR, WMBF / Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, WTVR