A remarkable story unfolded in Florida when a 10-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister embarked on a daring journey towards California, covering an astonishing 200 miles (approximately 320 kilometers) behind the wheel of their mother's car. The incident caught the attention of law enforcement authorities, ultimately leading to their interception by sheriff's deputies on an interstate highway.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office disclosed that deputies first encountered the sedan on Interstate 75, near Gainesville in north Florida, shortly before 4 a.m. on a Thursday. The children's mother had previously reported the vehicle as stolen and her two youngsters as missing four hours earlier, with the incident originating in North Port, a city located in the southwest of Florida.
In the initial encounter, deputies, believing they were dealing with car thieves, took precautionary measures by drawing their firearms and instructing the occupants of the vehicle to exit.
"To their astonishment, deputies observed a 10-year-old male driver exit the vehicle along with his 11-year-old sister," as stated by the department in an official statement.
Upon interviewing the children, it was revealed that the girl had been upset because her mother had confiscated her electronic devices as a consequence of misbehavior. In response, the young boy had decided to take matters into his own hands and drive her all the way to California. Detectives subsequently spoke with the children and determined that there was no evidence of mistreatment by their mother or anyone else within their household.
The mother chose not to pursue charges, and the children were subsequently reunited with her.
Out of respect for their privacy, the identities of the mother and her children have been withheld.