Deputies pull over 13-year-old who says he took grandmother’s car to visit girlfriend

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County authorities took a 13-year-old from Arkansas into custody Thursday after he allegedly took his grandmother's car to visit his girlfriend.

The teen driver was pulled over on Interstate 40 east near mile marker 22, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department said.

"Certainly anyone who has someone they love that's 13 years old,  you want to find them as quick as possible," said Earle Farrell, public information officer for Shelby County.

Officials say the teen lives with his grandparents in Saline County, Arkansas. Police say he was upset with them and stole the car Wednesday night.

The teen was tracked down using the car's On Star system.

Authorities in Shelby County, Tennessee were able to pull him over around 6 Thursday morning.

The teen told officers he was going to Connecticut to visit his girlfriend.

Officials don't know if the grandparents will press charges or not.

The teen is being held in at the Juvenile Court building as he waits for his grandparents to arrive to meet with a judge, officials said.

"Hopefully it'll make an impression," Farrell said. "You can just imagine all the people that love him, how concerned they were for him."

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