WILMINGTON — A 10-year-old boy took his 7-year-old brother for a wild drive along Interstate 64 on Tuesday that ended after the car struck another vehicle and crashed in Goochland County, authorities said.
No one was injured during the ordeal, even though authorities believe the car was traveling as fast as 70 mph on I-64 and was “all over the roadway” with the 10-year-old behind the wheel.
Authorities believe the boys took the black Lexus from the home of their foster parents in the Wilmington area, which is east of Palmyra in Fluvanna County. At 8:16 a.m., one of the foster parents called 911 to report that they had woken up and discovered that the two boys were gone and so was their car, authorities said.
“The caller stated they thought the boys may have taken their car to drive to the Shenandoah Valley to see their dog,” Fluvanna sheriff’s Capt. David Wells said in a statement. But the boys later told a Fluvanna deputy that they had been headed to Virginia Beach.
While a deputy was en route to the 911 caller, Fluvanna communications officers alerted surrounding localities and the Virginia State Police to be on the lookout for the car, Wells said.
About 8:35 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to reports about the Lexus. The car was “all over the roadway” around mile marker 148, state police said.
“A caller that was behind the juveniles followed them to Gum Springs (Exit 159), where the juveniles struck the caller’s Nissan Rogue,” state police Sgt. Keeli Hill said in an email.
The Lexus eventually crashed in a median around mile marker 160, police said.
Fire and rescue personnel arrived on the scene and checked out everyone involved in the incident. There were no reported injuries.
A sergeant with the Fluvanna Sheriff’s Office took custody of the two boys. They were taken back to the home of their foster parents and turned over to their custody.
“The matter will be referred to the Juvenile Court Services Unit and the Department of Social Services,” Wells said. “At this point, we’re not seeking any charges.”