Ohio officers see surge in underage joy riders


By Holly Zachariah
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH 
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 8-year-old pulled himself from behind the steering wheel of the SUV and hopped down.

He'd just driven his grandpa's Oldsmobile Bravada 15 miles across the Ohio Turnpike and had stopped at a booth only because he didn't have a toll ticket.

When the boy exited the vehicle, he was staring at the belly of a Lordstown police officer standing there waiting for him. Still, the boy said he knew how to get back home and offered to climb back in and turn around the Bravada. An incredulous state trooper told him no.

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