Pre-Teen Involved in Police Chase

Police in Meridian were involved Friday afternoon in a low-speed interstate chase with an 11-year old girl who ran away from home.

The girl was stopped and taken into custody. Officials say she appeared to be unharmed, but was taken by Metro Ambulance to be checked out at the hospital.

It was a scary twenty minutes for authorities and the young girl's family.

Dispatch received a call that the girl had left the house with the family car. Around the same time, an officer spotted the child driving in the wrong direction along the interstate.

"Officers were on regular patrol and observed a silver car. It apparently got on the interstate, the wrong way, and went back, jumped the median, going eastbound after being in the other lane," said Assistant Police Chief Jeff Lewis.

It's amazing no cars were hit and no serious injuries sustained during the chase.

The child's parents this evening met with authorities to find out what would have led the girl to resort to such dangerous behavior.


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