Stolen-car suspect too young to drive / 12-year-old being held in Santa Cruz County Stolen-car suspect too young to drive

12-year-old being held in Santa Cruz County

Alan Gathright, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, November 28, 2001

The Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy knew it wasn’t a routine stop when he pulled over the new Acura sedan he said was weaving and lurching all over the road: The short, boyish driver was sitting on a backpack to peer over the dashboard.

Figuring he’d seen baby-faced state troopers who didn’t look old enough to drive, Deputy Derek Fenster gave the kid the benefit of the doubt and asked for his driver’s license.

Patting his pants pockets, the driver said, “Oh! I left my license at home, ” recounted Deputy Kim Allyn, the sheriff’s office spokesman. Fenster ordered the driver out of the car and was stunned to see he “was no taller than 4 feet. ”

Further investigation revealed the motorist was a brash 12-year-old driving a stolen car — his second car-heist bust.

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The kid had been in court THE SAME DAY for his first offense. Now would not be a good time to ask me if I thought the parents ought to be held responsible.

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