STAUNTON -- A low-speed chase through the streets of Staunton on Monday came to a crashing halt.
Police say the driver was an 11-year-old boy who stole a truck from Hershey Tire. According to police, the boy was at the library with his mom before he left alone and stole the truck.
But when the call first came in, police believed the driver was an adult.
"Once we got him out and actually identified him...it was sort of a shock," said Corporal Jeremy Campbell of Staunton Police.
Burk Hershey, who owns Hershey Tire, said he followed the truck after calling 911.
Police said the boy had trouble driving the service truck - a truck that, according to Hershey, weighs 5,000 or 6,000 pounds. The boy had the emergency brake on the whole time and never shifted out of first or second gear, police said.
"He was just going as fast as he could take it, and that was ten to 15 miles per hour - luckily."
"It was almost like an OJ Simpson, Jr. situation when he's driving that slow," Hershey said. "We just didn't have any helicopters."
The boy's joyride lasted five minutes - long enough to drive to the dead-end on Parkwood Lane. There, according to police, he tried to cross the grassy median, but hit a Staunton Police patrol car instead.
According to Staunton Police, the crash did more than $2,000 of damage to the patrol car. Hershey said the service truck has anywhere from $500 to $1,000 worth of damage, mainly because the boy was driving with the emergency brake in use.
Hershey said the truck had the keys inside it because they were about to pull it inside the garage.
"It's not like we have armed guards on every corner," Hershey said. "Maybe things are little more relaxed than they should be. I guess now we're going to have make sure the keys aren't easily found."
Police said the boy faces juvenile charges of assaulting a police officer and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
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