A boy drives a forklift truck – level 3

04-12-2023 07:00

In Michigan, the United States, a 12-year-old boy took control of a stolen forklift truck, leading police on a one-hour chase during which he collided with approximately 10 parked cars.

The truck which weighed almost 9 tons, was taken from a middle school in Ann Arbor. An investigation revealed the child had found the vehicle’s key in the cab of the unlocked ‘Genie GTH-636 Telehandler’. Police responded to a report that somebody was attempting to steal a construction vehicle at 6:45 pm. When they arrived they saw a forklift truck being driven away without any lights on.  Pursuing the forklift at a speed of 25 to 30 kph with emergency lights and sirens, the situation posed a serious risk.

Despite the danger, the pursuit ended without injuries, and the boy, whose identity remains undisclosed due to being a minor, was apprehended and placed in juvenile detention.

Difficult words: pursue (to follow or chase), undisclosed (not revealed or made known publicly), juvenile detention (a type of prison where young people can be kept).

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What do you believe could have motivated the 12-year-old boy to commandeer the forklift truck?


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