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Police in Iowa were involved with a car chase with a drunk 13-year-old boy through a neighborhood before he crashed his grandmother's car into a tree.

Police told The Des Moines Register that they were alerted to the young drunk driver when someone called 911 after seeing a car being driven recklessly on a flat tire. The car seemed to stop for officers for a moment, but the boy sped up, hitting 50 mph in a 25 mph zone before he lost control and hit a tree.

The teen was charge with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless driving, eluding and driving without a license.

When you have teens under the driving age in your home, it's important to keep your keys well hidden. That's especially important if you have kids who are prone to rambunctious behavior.

For older teens who are already driving, having a shared family car that teens have access to, rather than their own car, can help cut down on drunk driving. Teens are less apt to be out late when parents control access to transportation.


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      shindogdiggity88
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like how they give "advice" on how to keep your teens from stealing your car. Here's some even more helpful advice: How about keeping your kids from drinking. Didn't see a word mentioned about keeping your teenagers from drinking, although I also agree that you shouldn't make it easy for them to steal your car either, but perhaps if this kid had better parents, he wouldn't be living with grandma, drinking, and stealing cars in the first place.
        Recon1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @shindogdiggity88
        Aren't you making a lot of assumptions? You could very well, maybe likely, be right but where's the evidence? Did the article say he lived with his grandmother? And even if he did, why do you assume the parents are necessarily bad or not good enough? About the only support for your position is that an updated article said after being treated for a minor injury he was released to a relative. But it didn't say the relative was a parent or his grandmother. That may indicate family problems, but that's not much to go on. As for the drinking problem, you're quite right, we really need to give children more advice on the dangers of drinking and driving. The boy caused over $8000 in damages, including a parked car he scraped up. One consequence should be having to work to pay off the damages. Also, maybe I'm to tough, but I don't believe he should be allowed to get a driver's license until he comes of age. Taking away the wheels from a teenager is like life in prison for them.
      flobeee40
      • 1 Year Ago
      HI
      Sally Chancellor Pet
      rambunctious behavior?! thats putting it mildly!
      racetrked
      • 1 Year Ago
      SO FREEKIN WHAT HE WAS HAVING FUN.
      brawlinbetty99
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cry for help...13 and already drunk? What's the reason for that? hmmm...
        auctionsurplus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brawlinbetty99
        Accidently hit the "like" icon. Reasons?: Maybe it's the first time. Maybe he thought it was "cool", maybe it's a cry for help. Either way your insinuation comes through loud and clear. it's wrong to assume.
      Vito
      • 1 Year Ago
      "When you have teens under the driving age in your home, it's important to keep your keys well hidden" This statement is a crock. What we have here, again, is a child who was not taught boundries. I'd bet $20 this kids parents never punished their kid. What 13 year old feels entitled to steal a car? At 13 I was saving my lawn mowing money to buy a 10 speed bike. Children today must be taught to fear the consequences of their actions. Quick story, my neighbor has a troublesum kid and after some bad behavior the father scolded the kid and made him go to his room as punishment. Feeling bad for the kid I brought him a hot dog. I was expecting him to be tearful and upset. His bedroom was like a resort. Big screen tv, cumputer games, laptop, cell phone, he was in heaven. He was playing some kind of computer game and was cheering himself on as he reached goals. I ate the hotdog myself and left. This kid got worse and worse over the years. He would toss his garbage into my yard and when I caught him throwing soda cans into my yard I confronted him and his reponse to me was.. "you can't do anything to me" and he walked away from me. My soul for a time machine.... This was the first time in my life I wanted to punch out a kid. This kid is gonna be dangerous as an adult. PARENTS TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THAT THERE ARE DIRE CONSEQUENCES TO THEIR BEHAVIOR AND FOLLOW THROUGH AND STICK TO THE PUNISHMENT. Sent to your room is not a punishment. For the most part reasoning does not work as they are not adults and should not be treated as such.
      frenchblue367
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about teaching your kids right from wrong. "Rambunctious behavior?" What's that, the PC way of saying that the kid belongs in juvvie? If a kid can access your booze and/or your car keys, chances are, if you taught him/her well, s/he won't even THINK of touching either one. It's time to PARENT your kids, folks, not coddle them, not spoil them, not give them every little thing their little hearts desire... it's time to prepare them for the real world. And this kid became an adult long before he needed to. Crappy parenting is to blame for this. Your kid is out of control? Get a hold of the reigns and do something about it, and don't blame everybody else -- society, the kid's friends, TV, violent movies, video games, etc, etc. YOU are the kid's parent. Act like it.
        auctionsurplus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @frenchblue367
        You have no idea what this parent is doing. A child can be in counseling and still be out of control. A child can be devious, getting booze from a friend and sneaking out. Assuming this parent, who likely a grandparent raising their grandchild...which is far more common than you know....is condoning, coddling and spoiling them is ignorant at its best.
        Wright Family
        • 1 Year Ago
        @frenchblue367
        Don't get out much do you? Open your eyes, man and get a clue. You know nothing of this kids family life, nothing. Some kids manifest mental illness slowly, its not immediately apparent and kids are not born with a label telling you everything that is wrong with them, you have to figure it out on your own and it comes with time. We don't know the full story.
      aratny
      • 1 Year Ago
      great ideas but its asking parents to be in control in their homes and WE ALL KNOW thats not happening these days! Sadly!
      godug
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to our past First Lady, "it takes a village" to raise a child.
        Kurt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @godug
        I think village was used as a synonym for GOVERNMENT!!
      helloYasinAdmani
      • 1 Year Ago
      In Malaysia a teen got flogging for writing on wall. Here there is no punishment from parents or government. Millions of people are in jails.Tax payers footing the bill.System is broken here.
      Nanarina
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, you can have the best parents in the world but one of the worse kids. I know some families like that. You can lock up the alchol and hide the keys but some how they will fine them... Kids will drink...there always one kid that will break your heart with his ways.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I blame all the mothers against drunk driving's fault all of you mothers out there need to shut up, you really don't know what is best for any one and people like us will see to it if we have to. Do us all a favor and shut you pie holes for real.
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        You know, half of all accidents involve drivers who were drinking. That means half of all accidents involved drivers who were not drinking. So where is the group, "Mothers Against Non-drinking Drivers?"
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