Police: Boy, 11, who could barely reach pedals takes Jeep on joyride that ended in crash

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HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Police in Hempfield Township said an 11-year-old boy took a Jeep on a joyride that ended in a crash Friday.
 
Police said the accident happened on Lasoksi Road early Friday morning.  Where he was heading and what he was doing is not clear.
 
“That’s part of our investigation.  Where could he possibly be going at 5:30 a.m.?” said Trooper Steve Limani.
 
The police report states that the boy used a box to help him reach the pedals.
 
“He’s 11.  It’s a recipe for disaster.  We’re fortunate no one else was involved,” said Limani.
 
Police said the boy crashed into a utility pole, bringing the pole down along with wires.
 
According to police, the boy was wearing a seat belt which prevented injuries.  The boy was not hurt.
 
Channel 11 learned that in a situation like this PennDOT may issue the boy a driver’s license number, so when he applies for his license at 16, it will automatically be suspended depending on what kind of punishment is handed down.