11-year-old’s joyride ends at fence, and in hand­cuffs

Kid crashes neigh­bor’s car, then heads off to school

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Sa­casa Staff writer

The car thief ’s feet barely reached the ped­als, but he found out hand­cuffs fit just fine on an 11-year-old’s wrists.

The small boy is charged with grand theft auto after steal­ing a neigh­bor’s Toy­ota and zip­ping along for a mile through Pom­pano Beach. The fun ended at a fence. No one was hurt, but the Corolla sedan suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age, po­lice said.

After the crash, the four-foot felon ran off to school — Charles Drew Ele­men­tary, where Broward sher­iff ’s deputies slapped on the cuffs.

He is not be­ing named by the Sun Sen­tinel be­cause of his age.

The ill-fated odyssey started about 7:15 a.m. Tues­day in the 3000 block of North­west Sev­enth Street, east of Florida’s Turn­pike. The Sher­iff’s Of­fice de­scribes the owner as an “el­derly hand­i­capped woman” who uses the car to get to doc­tor’s ap­point­ments. A neigh­bor knocked on the door of Sarah Jones to tell her a kid who lives down the street was steal­ing her car. Deputies don’t know how he got the keys.

The boy drove to an al­ley near the 2500 block of North­west 13th Street be­fore crash­ing. He left the keys in the car and took off for school.

David Miller, 34, who lives two houses down from where the boy crashed, was on his morn­ing walk when he saw

deputies and a he­li­copter.

“I was told a kid had hit the fence,” Miller said. “I’m like, Wow. Where’s a 10-year-old boy got to go that he got a car?”

The boy was taken to a Ju­ve­nile As­sess­ment Cen­ter, where he was de­tained.

He will be given an eval­u­a­tion of any risk to the public, men­tal health or sub­stance abuse dis­or­ders, and re­fer­ral to court and com­mu­nity ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

ADAM SA­CASA/STAFF

The 11-year-old boy made it about a mile from the house where he took the car. He was ar­rested at his ele­men­tary school.

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