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Teens stop nine-year-old behind the wheel

Teens Stop 9-Year-Old Behind the Wheel of Stolen Car

WASHINGTON CO. (WITI) - A wild ride in West Bend has captured the nation's attention. Witnesses stop an out-of-control car - and when they look inside, they saw that the driver was a nine-year-old boy. His passenger was just four years old. The kids told police they were on their way to grandma's house.

Police say the children took the car from the parking lot of a boat dealership and drove four miles before they were forced to stop.

911 calls came pouring in to authorities Saturday, June 14th - reporting two young children had taken a car without the owner's consent.

It happened near State Highway 33, just west of the city of West Bend.

Several of the 911 callers were able to follow the children as the car was driven West on State Highway 33, then South on State Highway 144.

Once in the area of State Highway 144 and County Highway K, officials say witnesses were able to get the car stopped, approach the car, turn the car off, and remove the keys.

When officers arrived, they found that the children were the only two people in the car. The two children indicated that they wandered away from their home in the city of West Bend and were trying to get to their grandmother's house.

No injuries were reported, and no damage to property was found. No charges are being filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The West Bend Police Department and Washington County Human Services Department will be doing follow up investigations with the children.

Meanwhile, the teenagers responsible for stopping the vehicle are speaking out. "Every time I tell it, it's like, did this really happen? How?" Andrew Gonring said.

Andrew Gonring and Kaiden Duck, both 18, were driving in separate vehicles on Saturday when they thought they had spotted a drunk driver.

"There was multiple times when I thought they were gonna flip that car or hit another person," Gonring said.

"They were all over the road, going side to side," Kaiden Duck said. When the vehicle turned onto State Highway 144, Kaiden Duck was able to get a good look at its driver.

"He had the steering wheel right by his face and could barely see over the steering wheel," Duck said.

"He was using his blinkers, he was using gas, brakes. I was shocked!" Gonring said.

"I knew I had to do something, because I knew he wasn't the age of driving," Duck said.

Kaiden Duck dropped his truck into third gear, and passed the nine-year-old driver.

"I came around him and then came in front of him and slowed him down," Duck said. "He went in front and I was in back, just kinda pinned him, so they couldn't go in reverse or drive anywhere else," Gonring said. "Almost rear-ended me a couple times," Duck said.

Gonring and Duck forced the vehicle to stop, right next to Big Cedar Lake. "I told the kid to get out of the vehicle and get in the back seat," Duck said.

Kaiden Duck drove the vehicle the boys were in into the parking lot of Wegner's Restaurant nearby. They took pictures as law enforcement officials questioned the boys.

Kaiden Duck and Andrew Gonring had the same question as the officers: Why did these little boys do this?

"It was unlocked, keys were in the car, put our stuff in there and we just left - went to go to grandma's. I was like, 'how do you know how to drive?' He said, 'by watching my dad,'" Gonring said.

Kaiden Duck says the car went at least 20 miles over the speed limit, and says the boys weren't wearing seatbelts.

FOX6 News stopped by the boys' home. A woman there said the boys are doing fine, and said beyond that, she has no comment.

Check out this clip of Kaiden Duck speaking out again:
Wisconsin Teen Responsible for Halting a 9-Year-Old's Wild Ride in Stolen Vehicle

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CrazyWolf June 17 2014 at 11:05 AM

Finally, teens in the news to be proud of. They're not the only ones but seems like when teens are in the news these days, it's for doing something stupid and senseless...

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Valencia Comp CrazyWolf June 17 2014 at 11:51 AM

That's because the news sensationalizes stupid and senseless. A lot more good kids out there than they show.

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eldbutte June 17 2014 at 11:13 AM

Praise to the teens for stopping the car!!!! They could have ignored the erractic driving of the youngsters, like so many would do now adays. They instead decided to step up and be responsible. Way to go guys!!

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Sharon June 17 2014 at 11:28 AM

The young men who stopped the car prevented what could have been a tragedy. They deserve to be recognized as heroes.

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piknplundr June 17 2014 at 11:13 AM

Being a grandma I love the part about going to Grandma's house. I have to ask. Where were the parents? Did they know the boys had slipped away? Why were the boys trying to get to Grandma's house? So many questions here.

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CPA11973 June 17 2014 at 11:11 AM

the kids are off to a great start in life - car theft. Hope their parents read them the riot act.

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dsp1477 June 17 2014 at 12:06 PM

So two teenagers have enough common sense on how to stop a car, yet our police departments will line up 20 police cars behind a car refusing to stop and follow them for hours.

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James Elliott dsp1477 June 17 2014 at 4:10 PM


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Chickiepoo dsp1477 June 17 2014 at 4:32 PM

FOR: "dsp1477".......

The police know HOW to stop a car......just like these teens did.....HOWEVER......

One of the teens stated that ......." Almost rear-ended me a couple times," Duck said. "

These teens were willing to accept the possibility of "damage" to their vehicles and the
financial burden that entails........ The Police do not have the resources to constantly
have to repair "patrol cars" IF they get damaged in scenarios such as this.....as well as.....
having them taken "out of service" for any length of time for repairs....

Most Police Departments are working on "shoe-string budgets" as it is.......

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jakki051 Chickiepoo June 17 2014 at 6:09 PM

Police cars in my small town have crash bars! And we by no means have lots of money! I installing crash bars would help protect the cars from damage.

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Chickiepoo Chickiepoo June 17 2014 at 9:46 PM

FOR: "jakki051".......

It simply depends on the NUMBER of police cars an agency has as well AS their "budget"......

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fam56 June 17 2014 at 11:57 AM

These young man should be applauded for being so watchful while on the road. How many passed this kid and did nothing? Also if you have a child you may want to watch where it is at all times, especially a 4 year old.

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jakki051 fam56 June 17 2014 at 6:11 PM

It? My gosh they are humans and should be referred to as he, she, or they! Just my guess. I would think an it wouldn't be human.

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gramargo jakki051 June 17 2014 at 8:20 PM

Obviously in that sentence the child, since sex isn't mentioned, would naturally be referred to as "it", just as we all usually do when we don't know if said child is a boy or a girl. Have you never heard a new parent being asked "What is it, boy or girl?"

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Mark Boknecht fam56 June 17 2014 at 6:33 PM

Watch it. That's funny.

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Terry June 17 2014 at 12:03 PM

Parents had no comment. They wanted to get back to the couch to catch the end of Jerry Springer.

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jakki051 Terry June 17 2014 at 6:07 PM

Smart! No comment to keep from incriminating themselves in case of legal troubles and they need a lawyer!

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d1anaw jakki051 June 17 2014 at 6:39 PM

They need brains. But they probably needed to get back to their stash.

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Linda June 17 2014 at 11:11 AM

How crazy is that?! Unreal. Wow. Good thing nobody got killed due to the stupidity of those two young boys.

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laferiabil June 17 2014 at 11:26 AM

Nine years old? I was nine when my ad started me learning to drive! It was in a model A ford and he sat me between his legs in the drivers seat so I could reach the pedals. By the time I was eleven I was driving the Tractor and plowing the fields. There was no starter on the tractor so Dad had to crank it for me. Kids worked then I had chores from the time I was eight and I wasn't unusual all kids were expected to contribute! That nine year old might have been more competant had he a little more experience or training!!

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