California 9-year-old leads police on ‘erratic’ pursuit after taking mother’s car

A 9-year-old California kid wasn’t going to let his driver’s license stop him from going to school.

The California Highway Patrol said an officer encountered a “scene straight out of a movie” on March 27 around 9:20 a.m. when a Volkswagen sedan was stopped in the middle of an intersection in Oroville, about 65 miles north of Sacramento.

“When asked to move, the car accelerated unexpectedly, leading to a short and erratic chase” that ended in a parking lot near Plumas Avenue Elementary School, county officials said. CHP. said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Police say the driver stopped the car, then “abruptly reversed,” hitting the officer’s patrol car. Both vehicles suffered minor damage.

The California Highway Patrol shares footage of a crash after a 9-year-old boy stole his mother’s car to get to school. (California Highway Patrol – Oroville)

But the real shock of the experience? The driver.

Police found a 9-year-old boy was behind the wheel “on a mission to get to school in his mother’s car,” police said in the Facebook post.

“We are relieved to report that no one was injured in this incident. The child was safely sent to school after the appropriate authorities were alerted and the situation was documented,” police said.

Terry Dunn, a CHP official who tried to stop the car, said KNVN, NBC affiliate in Chico, California, that he felt “just shock.”

“Several other officers arrived, and it was one of those moments where no one really believed it. So, several other police officers showed up at the scene just to see that it was a 9-year-old driving the car,” he said.

After the child hit the patrol car, Dunn said he noticed a “head moving inside.”

“As I got closer, I could see a child, who turned out to be a 9-year-old, sticking his head out and saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m trying to get to school ‘” Dunn said. .

Police warned the incident should serve as a reminder of responsibility…

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