Teens Arrested After Joy Ride
KANSAS CITY, MO. — A cross-country joy ride came to an end after the drivers of a stolen car ran out of gas. The 13-year-old drivers started in Columbus, Ohio.
FOX 4 talked to Megan Roth, a pro bono juvenile attorney for Shook, Hardy and Bacon on Monday. She’s not representing Cole Francis Johnson or Raheem Harris. She says the case of runaways getting into trouble is not rare. While their in-experience likely got them into the situation, their age protects them from serious charges.
“To take off cross-country at that age in a very nice car kids that age and park in an alley in a major city is probably not a good idea, it could’ve ended a lot differently,” said Capt. Steve Young with KCPD.
Hopefully, the teens will think twice before they pull another stunt like this.
“Let’s hope they’re scared straight and won’t do anything like this again,” Roth said. “Unfortunately, if they do get into trouble again in Ohio this kind of event carries with them and could affect what happens to them and what kind of placement and what kind of services they receive in Ohio.”
Because the boys are under the age of 18, police aren’t releasing much information about the incident. The boys will likely be reunited with their families as soon as possible. No word on any charges.