The Alachua County Sheriff's Office said the children's mother chose not to file charges
Two young siblings were pulled over hundreds of miles away from their Florida home early Thursday after stealing their mother's car and attempting to flee to California.
According to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, deputies stopped a white sedan on Interstate 75 in Alachua just before 4 a.m. local time.
"The vehicle was reported stolen out of North Port, Florida causing deputies to conduct a high risk traffic stop," the sheriff's office said. "Much to their surprise, Deputies observed a 10-year-old male driver exit the vehicle, along with his 11-year-old sister."
Authorities said they later learned that the kids were reported missing to the North Port Police Department and "that the stolen vehicle belonged to their mother."
CBS affiliate WTSP-TV noted the pair was picked up over 200 miles away from their Sarasota County home.
The decision to steal the car came after the siblings were upset that their mom had taken their electronic devices, the sheriff's office added. "It's believed to have been done because they were not using them appropriately," they added.
North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor told USA Today that the mother realized her car, children and some of their clothes were missing around 11:25 p.m. that night. She then called the police. The family's identity has not been released at this time.
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The interactions the children had with the deputies did not lead them to believe that the children had been "mistreated by their parent or any other person within the home," the department continued.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Office said they also spoke with the mother, 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."
According to the sheriff's office, the mother chose not to press charges, so the only criminal charge that could be brought against the kids is driving without a valid license.
"This crime is a criminal traffic violation and a juvenile will not be accepted into the department of juvenile justice for misdemeanor criminal traffic," they added.
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