Instead of packing up a suitcase and running away from home, one 12-year-old girl took her father’s keys and drove away from home after getting in an argument with him on Monday night.
The girl caused a police chase after she drove on the highway from Gaffney, South Carolina to Charlotte, North Carolina, a journey totaling more than 50 miles.
Authorities caught up with the girl during the last 15 to 20 minutes of her travels, at which point she sped up to at least 70 miles per hour.
Eventually, she pulled over, but police didn’t expect her to be so young.
They started following her at 10:30 p.m. after they thought she was intoxicated as she drove extremely slow at some points and started swerving outside her lane.
They even performed a “rolling stop” which is when one police car goes in front of her in an attempt to slow her down, but it didn’t work immediately, and she continued to drive aggressively.
But at some point, she stopped, and police took her to a nearby hospital and called her parents. Her parents picked her up and she is now with them.
While this isn’t the first time a young child got behind the wheel, it is one of the rare cases where no one was injured and no property was damaged.
At the age of 12, the girl faces several traffic-related charges, including driving without a license, failure to maintain lane control, failure to respond to police commands, and an imposition of traffic.
Though there is no set punishment for the charges, she is to attend court and will be sentenced. Police officer Jessica Lawrence said these types of charges usually result in fines instead of jail time.
Authorities said the girl’s father was unaware she had taken the car as he had fell asleep on the couch. He only noticed what had happened after he woke up and realized she and the car were gone.