A 12-year-old boy didn’t get far in a stolen car when he sped across a church yard, struck a utility pole and then drove the wrong way on a one-way street, Davenport police said.

Now the juvenile, whose name is not being released, is charged with operating without owner’s consent and four traffic charges, including violating a stop sign, having no driver’s license, leaving the scene of an accident and losing control of the vehicle.

“We don’t normally see this,” Davenport Police Lt. Jeff Bladel said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Bladel said, the juvenile stole his neighbor’s 2003 Mercury Mountaineer from the 1500 block of Pershing Avenue. Officers responded at 6:29 p.m. to a reckless driving report near 14th and Perry streets, Bladel said.

The boy drove the SUV through the yard of St John’s United Methodist Church, hit the pole and then kept going the wrong way on a one-way street, Bladel said.

Officers found the SUV and located the boy. He was uninjured, but the vehicle sustained an undetermined amount of damage, Bladel said.


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