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Police capture driver of stolen car: 8-year-old girl

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — It’s unlikely that a suspected car thief in Anderson will face any jail time, but she may end up being grounded.

That’s because the person behind the wheel of a stolen Jeep in Anderson that police chased and forced to stop on Friday was the 8-year-old daughter of the woman who reported it stolen.

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports the chase began on State Road 32 when police spotted the vehicle. Police spokesman Joel Sandefur says the girl was driving erratically at about 40 mph before authorities in the community of Lapel boxed the Jeep in and forced it to stop outside a convenience store.

The girl refused to get out of the vehicle and suffered minor cuts when the officers broke a window to get her out.

‘Stranger Things’ star

Gaten Matarazzo

tackles safe teen driving

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — “Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo has a starring role in videos promoting safe teen driving in his native New Jersey, even though he’s not old enough to get behind the wheel himself.

Prosecutors in Ocean County, New Jersey, have signed up Matarazzo to play a role in their “Right Turns” public safety videos. The 15-year-old plays the character Dustin in the sci-fi-horror Netflix series. He will appear in videos that address distracted driving and how to interact with police during traffic stops.

First-time drivers in New Jersey have to be 16 in order to get a learner’s permit.

The prosecutors’ office says Matarazzo worked on the videos last week. They will be shown in local high schools.

Matarazzo is a native of Ocean County’s Little Egg Harbor Township.