A 12-YEAR-OLD girl has been caught joyriding with a friend around Wonga Beach in the family station wagon.
A concerned resident witnessed the youngsters cruising the streets and informed police who went on patrol to Wonga Beach and spotted the car driving on Marlin Drive around 7.15pm on February 28.
Mossman Officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Ed Lukin said police were a fair distance from the vehicle when they noticed it and found it a short time later in a driveway.
“We spoke with the occupants and the owners of the house did not know the people involved - the vehicle was parked at the house,” he said.
The children gave themselves up once the police discovered the car and investigations revealed the parents/guardians were not aware they had the vehicle.
Police issued a warning to other juveniles that driving a vehicle inexperienced and without a licence is not only illegal, it is dangerous.
“I’ve been in the service for 22 years and I don’t recall ever intercepting an offender as young as that,” Snr Sgt Lukin said.
“I was quite horrified to think inexperienced drivers such as this could put the public at risk and herself at risk.
“I would urge others to think seriously about the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and driving.
“We spoke with the juvenile driver and police are still investigating the offence, but the juvenile offender will be dealt with under the Juvenile Justices Act.”