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12-year-old boy accused of driving car into cruiser

Associated Press

RIPLEY, W.Va. — Authorities arrested a 12-year-old boy who allegedly drove his mother's car and crashed into a police cruiser on Interstate 77. State Police Sgt. S.E. Wolfe said the boy's mother reported her car missing at 7:54 a.m. Wednesday from her home.

Wolfe says Jackson County sheriff's deputies and a Ripley police officer tried to intercept the car after it was spotted on I-77. The car struck the Ripley cruiser on the driver's side, doing minimal damage, before hitting a guard rail and cable barriers in the median.

A juvenile court petition filed in Jackson County charged the boy with fleeing, joyriding and destruction of property. The boy was released to the custody of his parents on Wednesday afternoon.

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