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An 11-year-old Taylorsville boy didn’t feel like riding the bus Friday morning and instead tried to drive his mother’s car to school.

It was a trip that ended in juvenile detention, after the boy crashed the car near Taylorsville Elementary School, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

The child is being detained on a preliminary complaint of reckless driving and is awaiting a court hearing.

The initial report to Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputies came at 7:26 a.m. Friday from a caller who thought the child was being abducted, Capt. Greg Duke said.

The boy was driving a maroon passenger car out of Heritage Heights north on U.S. 31 and was seen by several other parents and children waiting for buses in the area.

A deputy on patrol spotted the boy driving west on Tannehill Road approaching Walnut Street, which is south of the school. As the deputy approached, the vehicle pulled out of the line of traffic, and the driver “floored it,” Duke said.

Picking up speed, the car went east through an empty lot and hit a mobile sign there. It then struck a telephone junction box and then a street sign, Duke said.

Crossing the road, the car then struck a large utility pole, which caused extensive damage to the car. The vehicle then bounced off the pole and hit a tree, with the car’s air bags deploying, Duke said.

The deputy who was following the vehicle stopped behind it and went to check on the boy, who was not hurt. The child was not wearing a seat belt, Duke said, as he probably wouldn’t have been able to reach the pedals if he’d been strapped into the seat.

Deputies called for an ambulance, but the boy did not have any injuries and was taken to the county’s detention center, Duke said.

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