Source - Police are still trying to figure out how two little girls managed to steal their parents’ car and get from West Jordan to West Valley City.
A 9-year-old and her 4-year-old sister tried to get to California because they wanted to swim with dolphins and see the beach.
Police said it all started at 3 a.m. when the girls woke up and snuck out of their home through the basement.
They grabbed the keys to the Chevy Malibu and got all the way to 3200 West and South Frontage before they crashed into a semi.
West Valley City Police tweeted out body camera footage of the scene after the wreck here.
“They talked about going to California to swim with dolphins and go to the beach and they woke up at 3:00 in the morning,” said West Jordan Police Detective Scott List.
Police said the joyride started in West Jordan. Taking a look at both cities, that is almost 10 miles apart from one another.
In the words of Ron Burgundy when Baxter ate an entire wheel of cheese out of the fridge, "I'm not even mad. I'm actually impressed."
Late me state categorically for the record that I do not condone these sisters' behavior. If there are any 9- and 4-year-old girls reading this, I want to make it clear you should not steal a car. Or be reading this. Please go watch Peppa Pig or something right this instance. But leave the computer open to this page to help my "time of engagement" numbers, because these pages don't view themselves. But I'd be lying if I said I don't admire these rambunctious little scalliwags.
Think about everything that went into this. The inspiration. The planning. Finding the opportunity. The coordination. The stealth. The sheer confidence. And finally, the execution. The driver probably had to strap blocks of wood to her feet like Short Round, just to reach the pedals. For an elementary school girl and her preschool sister, an operation like this is the heist from Oceans 11. Hell, when my boys were these ages, it was a 50/50 prop bet we could get them down to the end of the driveway in time for them to catch the school bus on any given day. So this is a commendable effort.
Sure, it didn't work out and they're lucky to be alive. But let a pair of sisters embark on a quest like this, and 999 of them won't ever get out of bed. They'll wake up and it will be morning, they'll go have breakfast, play with their dolls and they'll never think of it again. But this juvenile Thelma & Louise made it 10 miles. TEN! Without getting caught, I might add. No one saw a child peering over the steering wheel and called 911. The cops never stopped them. If it wasn't for that unfortunate, albeit inevitable, crash, they might be at Laguna Beach right now, racing each other on the backs of a couple of bottlenoses. And when you think about it, for girls that age, riding dolphins would probably be the ultimate road trip. Ahead of even driving to a pony farm or heading north to Santa's workshop. So it's understandable they'd give this a shot. Reckless though it may have been. And on a certain level, they're to be admired for the attempt.
You're heart goes out to their parents, who must have gone from straight panic to relief to outright mortification this could've happened on their watch. But their kids are safe, and hopefully they'll find it in their hearts to respect what resourceful young ladies they're raising. Say what you will about these sisters and their terrible judgment, but someday we'll all be working for them.