LAPEER, MI – A 12-year-old boy is in some deep trouble after he took off in the middle of the night with his parents minivan.
On Saturday August 15th, 2020, at 3:36 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to a reported runaway juvenile that stole a vehicle from a residence on Bronson Lake Road in Lapeer County’s Oregon Township.
The juvenile, a 12 year old, was at the residence during the evening and early morning hours. Parents advised that there were no recent issues besides prohibiting social media and electronic devices at night.
The parents were awoken by noise and saw their 2003 Chevy Express 1500 series van leaving their driveway. The parents in another vehicle that they own followed the van for a distance attempting to get it stop. The parent’s attempts were unsuccessful and they confirmed their child was the driver.
At 5:13 AM, Sanilac County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the van within the town of Marlette, approximately 25 miles northeast of the residence. The juvenile was the only occupant and not injured. The van did have damage from striking an unknown object, but drivable.
Arrangements for the juvenile were established until this case is presented to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office for formal criminal charges within the near future.
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