PLANTATION - A 12-year-old girl who took her dad's car on a joy ride and initially refused to stop for police has been charged with grand theft auto at her father's request
, police said today.
Police quickly spotted the girl Monday because she forgot a basic tenet of night driving: headlights.
The child disappeared with the yellow Nissan about 10:30 p.m. while her father was visiting her ailing 19-month-old sibling at Plantation General Hospital, said police Detective Robert Rettig. The ordeal started and ended in the hospital parking lot at 401 NW 42 Ave., Rettig said.
She drove south on State Road 7 and made a U-turn, but didn't get far, hitting a police car near the hospital, Rettig said.
"Apparently she drove around and a couple officers tried to stop her and she wouldn't stop," Rettig said. "She ended up rolling into a police car."
When she finally did stop, she tried to flee
, but once again, didn't get far, Rettig said. Nobody was hurt.
Her father is pressing charges because it is the second time she has driven off in a car,
Rettig said. He did not have further details. The girl was taken to the juvenile assessment center, Rettig said.