A 15-year-old boy apparently drove a stolen dump truck from Glasgow all the way to Richmond before being stopped early Monday on Interstate 75, state authorities said.
Kentucky State Police said the juvenile, who has not been identified, apparently had run away from his foster family.
Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer Jerry Hudson pulled the truck over on I-75 near Richmond about 8:45 a.m. Monday, and took the boy into custody. The boy was charged with careless driving, having no driver's license and receiving stolen property.
According to state police, the vehicle was stolen from a commercial excavating company in Glasgow. The Barren County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft, state police said.
About 8 a.m. Monday, the Kentucky State Police post at Richmond received a call from someone who grew concerned after seeing the boy at a gas station in Jessamine County. The boy had asked for directions to Manchester, according to the caller.
The caller "thought he looked too young to be driving a dump truck, or any kind of vehicle," said Charles Tinsley, a vehicle enforcement public information officer.
The Richmond post then sent out an alert, and Hudson spotted the dump truck shortly afterward at exit 90 on southbound I-75, on the northern edge of Richmond.
That's about 130 miles from Glasgow.
Tinsley said the boy was stopped because he was driving about 40 mph and failing to stay in his lane on the interstate.
"I was shocked that he even knew how to drive a dump truck," Tinsley said. "Most kids today don't know even how to drive a stick, which is what the truck was."
Hudson and state police detective Jeremy Hamm assisted in the stop, according state police.
Tinsley said the boy quickly pulled over once he saw a cruiser's flashing lights and made no attempt to resist or escape.
Tinsley said he didn't know why the boy had asked for directions to Manchester.
"He has lived in several different places, but Manchester isn't one of them," he said.
Tinsley said the situation could have ended in a tragic accident, given the boy's age and lack of truck-driving experience.
"Fortunately, we got a break when someone saw him and called in," he said.