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12-year-old charged after leading troopers on chase

(Source: WBTV) (Source: WBTV)

GAFFNEY, SC (WYFF) - A 12-year-old Upstate girl driving a truck led police officers and Highway Patrol troopers on a 'low-speed' chase about 50 miles from her home, according to law enforcement officers.

According to an incident report, the child's father said she was last seen doing her chores at their Gaffney home at 11 p.m. 

He said he and his wife fell asleep on the couch and when they woke up at 11:30 p.m., they could not find the child. 

The father said he drove around looking for his daughter and eventually flagged down an officer.

The father told authorities he had recently taken custody of his daughter from her mother, who lives in Myrtle Beach, and the girl had made threats to run away in past but has never done so.

The father said he thought she was trying to get to Myrtle Beach.

Officers said they discovered the girl took a pickup truck from the VFW post in Gaffney and drove to the Charlotte area. Authorities said they have not determined if the truck was stolen.

When a Charlotte police officer spotted the truck and attempted to pull her over, the 12-year-old refused to stop, police said.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol was called in to assist.

Troopers were finally able to stop the girl on Interstate 77 northbound near Interstate 85 in Charlotte, according to police.

The girl was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for a broken finger that police say she injured while taking the truck. She was then released into her father's custody, police said.

Police said the girl is charged with no operator's license, failure to maintain lane control, failure to heed blue lights and siren and impeding traffic by slow speed.

The Gaffney police chief said so far there are no charges pending against the girl in Gaffney. The chief says the investigation is still under way to find out how the 12-year-old got access to the truck, how she got in it and how she was able to drive it away.

The chief says if charges do follow, they will be processed by The Department of Juvenile Justice and Family Court.

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