Image source: Alachua County (Florida) Sheriff's Office, composite
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A brother and sister, 10 and 11, drove their mother's car 200 miles from home before sheriff's deputies stopped them on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida, last week, the Associated Press reported.
Turns out the girl was angry because her mom took away her electronic devices as a punishment for misbehaving, so her brother was driving her to California, the AP said.
What are the details?
It all started with the mother reporting her car stolen and her children missing four hours earlier in North Port, a city in southwest Florida, the outlet said.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office said deputies spotted the sedan on Interstate 75 near Gainesville in north Florida just before 4 a.m. Thursday, the AP reported.
The deputies, believing they were about to encounter car thieves, drew their guns and ordered those inside the car to step out, the outlet said.
“Much to their surprise, deputies observed a 10-year-old male driver exit the vehicle along with his 11-year-old sister,” the department said in a statement, according to the AP.
The outlet reported that the siblings told deputies the girl was angry that their mother took away her electronic devices for misbehaving, so her brother was driving her to California.
The AP reported that detectives who interviewed the siblings said there was no indication the mother or anyone else in home mistreated them.
The mother declined to press charges, the outlet said, adding that the children were released to her.
The Facebook post from the sheriff's department differed from the Associated Press report, saying that "both children were upset with their mother because she took away their electronic devices, which is believed to have been done because they were not using them appropriately."
The sheriff's department added that "the only criminal charge ... would have [been] driving without a valid license since the owner of the vehicle did not wish to pursue criminal charges. This crime is a criminal traffic violation, and a juvenile will not be accepted into the department of juvenile justice for misdemeanor criminal traffic."
"Our detectives did speak with their mother at length who was clearly doing her best to raise two young children, and she was very receptive to the recommendations they provided in helping her get assistance," the sheriff's department also said.
The names of the mother and children were not released.
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.