A Manatee County driver was responsible for the damage of three cars in a two hit-and-runs, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver is 14.
FHP said that a 14-year-old Kenneth Polk, Jr. found an unlocked beige Chevrolet Impala with his friends on his way home from school. The child said his friends refused to get in the car with him, so he drove off.
What he didn’t confess to, according to FHP, is hitting three cars before fleeing on foot. Around 5 p.m. Friday, troopers said Polk drove the stolen Impala southbound in the northbound lanes of 15th Street East, hopped over the median and struck a car that was northbound on 301 Boulevard East. Then Polk continued southbound and hit head-on a second car that was stopped in the eastbound left turn lane on 51st Avenue East, which hit the car behind it. He then ran out of the car and was found in the Winn-Dixie parking lot on State Road 70 and Ninth Street East, according to FHP.
The arresting officer read the child his Miranda rights, to which he said he wasn’t the driver. After the officer placed him under arrest, the boy told the officer that he stole the car and that he had been driving after all.
According to FHP spokesperson Lt. Gregory Bueno, Polk faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash, improper right turn, driving without a license and theft of a motor vehicle, all as a result of the crash. He also faces a felony grand theft charge.
The boy was transported to the Manatee County Jail Juvenile Center and has an appearance in traffic court in April. His parents had been notified of his arrest, according to FHP.