Boy’s joyride ends in crash at Farmington Hills store

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Farmington Hills – — The front aisles of the Carter’s store were probably the last place a kid would head for in a brief joyride, but police say he landed there with a bang Thursday evening while his mother browsed inside.

The youth had asked to stay in the family sedan during his mom’s shopping excursion about 6:30 p.m. Then he “started driving around the parking lot,” police Sgt. Mike Flatt said.

Realizing he was headed to nearby Orchard Lake Road, the boy accidentally “went in reverse then drove into the store,” Flatt said.

The car plowed through the front window and some 15 feet inside, he said — strewing rubble and toppling merchandise in the children’s apparel retailer.

Few customers were inside during “a bit of a lull,” Flatt said. “Thank God. ... It was a lucky situation.”

With a gaping hole and busted wall to tend to, Carter’s managers closed up early, Flatt said.

Meanwhile, the young driver — whom police would describe only as a juvenile — was released to his mother. A police report is expected to be forwarded to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office juvenile division for determination of possible charges.