10-year-old drives car, strikes metal fence

Published on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 23:07 - Written by Staff Reports

A 10-year-old child drove his grandfather’s truck downtown into a guard fence at Discovery Science Place on Wednesday, according to a news release from Tyler Police Lt. Matthew Smyser.

Police received a call at 5:51 p.m. regarding a vehicle being operated by a child. Dispatch informed officers that the vehicle had wrecked into the Discovery Science Place, Smyser said.

Officers learned the child had been waiting in a doctor’s office waiting room with the vehicle’s keys and his younger sibling. Following an argument with his younger sibling, the child decided to leave the doctor’s office.

The child then drove his grandfather’s vehicle south on Fleishel Avenue and west on Fifth Street where he was noticed by the caller, police said. The caller attempted to get the child to pullover, but the child continued to drive the vehicle north on Broadway Avenue.

After several attempts by the caller to get the child to stop, the child turned the vehicle into the Discovery Science Place parking lot where the vehicle came to rest after striking a metal guard fence, police said.

The building was not struck, but the guard fence and vehicle sustained minor damage, Smyser said, adding that no one was injured.

The child was later released to his grandfather’s custody, and no charges were filed.