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Family of car-chase boy, 7, shuns media

Published July 30, 2009 6:43 pm

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Parents of a 7-year-old boy who drove off in the family car to avoid going to church Sunday are avoiding media interviews because they don't want to reward their son for his bad behavior.

Weber County officers saw a white Dodge Intrepid driving recklessly and pursued the car, which never exceeded 40 mph. The car drove to a home, where, to officers' surprise, a young boy jumped out and ran into his house.

"[The family] does not want this attention to be perceived by their son as an incentive or reward for his actions of taking the family car for a joyride," said Capt. Klint Anderson of the Weber County Sheriff's Office. "Humorous as this event was, it could easily have been a tragic story instead."

No charges were filed because the boy is too young to prosecute.

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