Police said a 12-year-old girl drove a stolen truck during a 20-minute police chase through parts of uptown and on area interstates.
Eyewitness News found the owner of the stolen truck in Gaffney, S.C., where the girl is from. He wouldn't go on camera, but said he left the truck parked at a VFW after it broke down about two weeks ago. He wants to know how the 12-year-old got inside and got it started.
Police didn't release the girl's name or address, but Eyewitness News confirmed she lived in a neighborhood about a quarter of a mile from the VFW where the truck was stolen.
“I think it's crazy,” area resident Tracy Painter said.
Mary Triplet lives next door to the man who owns the truck.
“What was a 12-year-old doing out at night?” she said.
Police said the girl got into a fight with her father Monday night and that when he fell asleep on the couch, she left.
Police said she may have walked to the VFW, stole the truck and then drove on the back roads of South Carolina.
When police in Charlotte spotted her, they thought she was a drunk driver. Troopers said at one point, she reached speeds of 70 miles per hour.
She drove through uptown Charlotte before getting back onto I-77, officials said.
“She could have killed herself or someone else,” Triplet said.
Finally, she went slow enough that officers were able to surround the truck and stop her.
Gaffney police said the 12-year-old has relatives in Fort Mill. They said she was probably headed there.
She is back home with her father, but facing several charges in Charlotte.