OKLAHOMA CITY – A dangerous joyride could lead to felony charges against four young boys in Oklahoma City.
The boys were caught behind the wheel of a big water truck at a construction site.
It happened at a rock and stone business near Reno and Council.
The four kids arrested range in age from 9 to 11 years old.
The 11-year-old driver doesn’t deny what he did.
“One of my friends brought the truck over and we all started driving it and stuff,” said the suspect.
After an employee at the business noticed the water truck being driven around the property, police were called and the kids were arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
That is a felony offense.
The mother of one of the boys tearfully hoped the district attorney would show mercy and not charge the kids with the crime.
“I just don’t want to see my son go to jail for something he’s done. I know he did it. I know it’s wrong and now he knows,” said the mother.
“You know we didn’t want to press charges, but we need to keep our equipment safe and these kids safe before they hurt themselves or someone else,” said Jason Huffaker with Minick Materials.
Jason says the water truck is used every day to control the dust at the business.
Jason also says the joyride isn’t the first time in recent weeks the business has been vandalized.
“These same juveniles are suspected of totaling out another truck by throwing large stones and knocking out the windows causing significant damage,” said Oklahoma City police Captain Dexter Nelson. “The kids were basically looking for something to do they stated they were bored.”
“It was obviously a dangerous situation and we had to put a stop to it somehow,” said Huffaker.
Jason hopes the arrest may finally put an end to the vandalism at his business.
“I feel bad but maybe this’ll teach them a lesson and they’ll change their ways,” said Huffaker.
The four kids were arrested on the scene.
They have not yet been charged by the district attorney’s office.
The young suspect we talked to says he had only been on the property the one time and denies being responsible for the other vandalism cases.