Along with her family, an 11-year-old who took her mother’s car on a drive across Broward County was in court Tuesday facing a judge.
The young girl is being charged with multiple counts, including fleeing police and driving without a license. A judge ordered the girl to wear an ankle bracelet and putting her on home detention, allowed only to leave her home for school, church, doctor’s visits and court dates – before reminding her that she is “absolutely” not allowed to drive.
The family’s attorney told reporters that the girl, who turned 11 last month, is in the sixth grade at a Pembroke Pines middle school and is taking advanced classes and having a difficult time transitioning to the new school.
In court, the girl told the judge she "doesn’t like her current school." Her attorney will meet with school board representatives about potentially changing schools.
"The entire family realizes the gravity of what occurred. A very young child is accused of driving a car in traffic and got into a very serious accident," public defender Gordon Weekes said.
Her next court date is scheduled for November 9th.