Police Drop Charges Against 12-Year-Old Boy Who Crashed Stolen Car

Police said they're dropping the charges against the 12-year-old boy who on Wednesday crashed a stolen car into a motor scooter.

Police arrested the boy on Wednesday and charged him with grand theft auto and cited him for leaving the scene of a crash. But Miami-Dade prosecutors on Thursday said they are not going to prosecute him.

He was, however, sentenced to home detention and told to wear an ankle bracelet with GPS monitoring. He is only allowed to go to school and visit his attorney.

He has a hearing date on April 8 for two other charges from a previous incident.

Investigators said they found a boy on Wednesday in the area of N.W. 9th Avenue and 3rd Street fitting the description of a hit and run driver who at 4:30 p.m. crashed a red Pontiac Grand Am into a motor scooter and fled on foot.

Police detained the boy and arrested him for grand theft auto and leaving the scene of a crash. According to the arrest affidavit, the boy said he used a knife to start the stolen vehicle.

The Grand Am owner who filed the stolen vehicle report indicated that the ignition had been popped out and damaged, according to the affidavit.

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