11yo Dunedin joyrider crashes stolen car

11yo Dunedin joyrider crashes stolen car
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Police say it is "absolutely amazing" an 11-year-old boy who crashed and rolled a car he had stolen for a joyride around Dunedin wasn't injured. 

At around 9:40pm on Sunday police were called to the scene of the crash on Kenmure Rd, Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen says. 

The Volkswagen car rolled after hitting a couple of parked cars and the 11-year-old uninjured driver fled from the scene.  

He stole the car from his caregivers to go on the "joyride". 

"It was a really bad error in judgement... there's still people coming and going from residential addresses, [it's] very lucky it wasn't more serious,"  Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen told Newshub. 

A dog squad tried to track down the boy. He was later found after he turned up at his grandparent's house and has now been referred to Youth Aid.

Senior Sergeant Dinnissen warned people not to get behind the wheel if they don't have a driver's licence. 

"Don't even do it. Don't drive if you haven't got a licence, that's not something kids should be doing, grabbing a set of keys. "There's so much potential risk injuring members of the public or themselves or their friends."

He also warned parents to keep their car keys out of reach from children and to know where their keys are at all times.