An early morning call of a possible kidnapping in South Florida turned out to be something totally different — with police surprised at who they found behind the wheel.
Hollywood police said they received a call around 6:30 a.m. from a woman saying she feared her 11-year-old daughter had been kidnapped. The girl had borrowed her mother’s car keys to get a school book out of the car, but still hadn’t come back inside moments later, the mother said, when the car was missing.
A search began for the car, which was spotted near the intersection of University Drive and Stirling Road — with the young girl driving it, police said. Officers continued to follow the vehicle until it crashed near Weston Road and State Road 84, over 10 miles away.
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The girl plowed into a BMW, causing some damage, according to police. The driver of that car, Richard Champagne, was surprised to learn who was behind the wheel. He said the 11-year-old drove in the wrong direction toward his car.
"She would've been killed by ongoing traffic. My car is crashed. I'm not feeling well. I have to get checked out at the hospital," Champagne said.
The child, who police have not named, was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. Investigators say she will be charged with aggrevated fleeing police and driving without a license.