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Eleven-Year-Old S.C. Boy Goes for Joy Ride Not Once, But Twice in One Week, Say Police

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Eleven-Year-Old S.C. Boy Goes for Joy Ride Not Once, But Twice in One Week, Say Police
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MARION, S.C. (CBS/AP) Police in South Carolina say one 11-year-old boy took his love of cars more than a little too far last week - twice!

According to Marion Police Lt. Farmer Blue, a 4th-grader hopped in a fire department pick up truck that had been parked after an exercise near a training area and led a dozen police cars on a chase through the small town.

"He put us on a real chase," Blue said. "We had a line of cars after him."

Unfortunately for the young thrill-seeker, his love for joy rides landed him in juvenile jail.

During the 45-minute chase around the city Monday, the youngster allegedly "drove in circles" and "blew through stop signs" but never exceeded 45 mph, Blue said.

Blue said the boy stopped only after he'd driven by his home several times and his mother recognized him when she came out to see what was going on.

"He said he just got tired of walking and wanted a ride."

After the escapade, the boy was released to his family only to drive off the next day in an SUV which was reported missing from a restaurant near the youngster's home.