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A Cop Was Idling in a Parking Lot. A Surprise Driver Pulled Up

11-year-old was reportedly lost after driving 200 miles to live with Snapchat stranger
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2019 11:10 AM CDT
This Aug. 9, 2017, file photo shows the Snapchat app.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – Police say an 11-year-old boy drove himself across South Carolina intending to live with an unknown male he'd met on Snapchat. The plan came to a quick close as the boy, who'd driven 200 miles from his home in Simpsonville, pulled up alongside Charleston Officer Christopher Braun in a parking lot around 12:30am Monday, per KFOR. The boy reportedly informed Braun that he'd taken his brother's car and followed GPS instructions on his father's tablet before it lost signal, leaving him without access to the male's address, reports the Charlotte Observer. The boy's father, who'd been in the process of reporting his son missing, soon arrived to pick him up. His tablet was left behind to be analyzed for evidence, per NBC News. (Read more South Carolina stories.)

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