10-year-old steals SUV, drives down highway intending to meet mother, police say

A 10-year-old boy stole a car and drove it down a highway in Michigan last month in hopes of finding his mother, police said.

On May 27, the juvenile driver allegedly stole the 2017 Buick Encore in Buena Vista, a township about 35 miles north of Flint, Michigan State Police said in a statement. series of tweets THURSDAY.

A police spokesperson said on Monday that the boy, who is less than 5 feet tall, allegedly stole the vehicle “because he was trying to reach his mother in Detroit.”

The Saginaw County central dispatcher received a call from OnStar, a security service connected to the vehicle, alerting dispatchers that the vehicle was heading south on Interstate 75. Troopers then located the vehicle near the exit Birch Run and tried to stop him, but the driver did not. stop, say the police.

OnStar, police said, then disabled the Buick.

Multiple callers had simultaneously called 911 and reported a child was driving on the freeway, police said.

One 32 seconds video of the incident shows a brief chase.

The silver SUV is seen in the video moving erratically and swerving in three lanes before rolling onto the shoulder and hitting a guardrail.

A soldier was behind the vehicle for about a mile and had activated the lights and sirens while OnStar disabled the Buick, police said.

The minor fled the vehicle before being apprehended, police said.

The suspect was then taken to the Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.

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