TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A five-year-old girl is facing charges after stealing a van and driving it into the Welcome Station in downtown Tifton.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper William Hunt says the five-year-old took the keys of her grandmother's van, after not being able to wake her up in order to get food Thursday morning. She drove from East 17th Street, then headed eastbound on 82.
The five-year-old later made a wide right turn onto 7th street before crashing into the park bench near the Welcome Station.
Trooper Hunt wasn't sure how long she was behind the wheel, but he has a message for parents and guardians so the same thing doesn't happen again.
"Talk to your children when they're at home and just let them know if for some reason they cannot get a hold of somebody, they cannot wake somebody up to give them a number and how to get a hold to somebody and they know who to get a hold of and how to get a hold of them. And then also make sure you keep your keys out of sight so they can't get to them," said Trooper Hunt.
The girl wasn't injured. She girl is facing charges including driving without a valid license, failure to maintain a lane, and failure to wear a seat belt for her involvement in the crash.
The Division of Family and Children Services picked up the girl, and are investigating the incident.