Florida police stop 10-year-old driver on highway
In a surprising turn of events, Florida police were taken aback when they pulled over a vehicle on a major highway and discovered that the driver was a 10-year-old boy.
This incident occurred in Alachua, a significant distance from where their mother had reported them missing earlier in the week.
According to the authorities, the 10-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister had embarked on this runaway adventure after their mother confiscated their electronic devices.
Deputies on the scene were taken aback by the sight of the young boy behind the wheel alongside his sister.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s office described this traffic stop as a “high-risk” situation, and it occurred late at night, specifically at 03:50 local time (07:50 GMT) on a Thursday.
Remarkably, the white sedan in which the children were traveling had been reported missing by their mother in North Port, Florida, a city located more than 200 miles (320km) away from Alachua.
Authorities later discovered that the reason behind the children’s escape was their frustration with their mother, who had taken away their electronic devices due to concerns about their improper usage. Importantly, the sheriff’s office clarified that there was no indication of mistreatment at their home.
Subsequently, the children’s mother drove three hours north to Alachua to reunite with her children.
“Our detectives did speak with their mother at length who was clearly doing her best to raise two young children and she was very receptive to the recommendations they provided in helping her get assistance,” police said.
The legal age to obtain a learner’s permit in Florida is 15, while drivers must be 18 years old to apply for a full license.