Police: 11-Year-Old Steals Church Van, Rams Vehicles

A Saturday afternoon joyride involving an 11-year-old boy and a church van turned into a chase, spanning two counties and ending with a crash in a McDonald's parking lot.

Hazard police say the boy was at a Kentucky state park with his family when he hijacked a church van and decided to go for a spin.

A fish and wildlife official followed the boy on a 20-mile-chase through two counties, and local police joined in the case through Hazard, Kentucky.

Officials say the boy struck several vehicles with the church van, then went into the parking lot of a McDonald's and began ramming vehicles. Police said they had to fire several shots into the van's tire to get the vehicle stopped.

Police say the boy struck six vehicles in all. They're turning the matter over to the juvenile court.


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  • by anon on Jun 14, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    Okay, maybe he didn't know where the brake was? One question, who would leave their church van with the keys in it? Oh wait, here's another one that will come up... where were his parents???
  • by Officer Location: NC on Jun 14, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    I am sure that there are people that think this "Hellion Child" should've just been let go without being chased. I can assure you that if the Justice System in Kentucky is like ours, they'll just make him say he's sorry and warn him of "how much trouble he could've" gotten into and send him home. I'm all for a "Juvenile Chain Gang" having to work out in a field somewhere.
  • by Scott on Jun 14, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    Juvenile Court? Ha! Where his PARENTS should be held accountable,,,,but we all know that won't happen.
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