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WilCo 12-year-old facing charges after joyride with mother's car

A 12-year-old driver led a WilCo deputy on a short chase early Tuesday morning. (Photo/video courtesy: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

A 12-year-old was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after leading a Williamson County Sheriff's deputy on a short chase.

According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, the boy took his mother's car keys without her knowledge. He had two other teens in the car, but it's unclear where they were going.

The chase lasted approximately two minutes and reached speeds up to 65 miles per hour.

The Sheriff's Office says the boy was traveling the wrong way on Westinghouse Road when he pulled over.

"He could have hit head on another vehicle and they could've gotten hurt, a third party could have gotten hurt, so definitely lucky that this was the outcome," says WCSO spokesperson Patricia Guitierrez.

At around 1 a.m., the 12-year-old was arrested and taken to the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center where he faces evading charges.

Because the boy is a minor, the Sheriff's Office is not releasing his name, however CBS Austin has learned he has a prior history at the Juvenile Detention Center.

According to the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, in Texas there are no set minimum or maximum sentences for juvenile crimes.

The boy's parents and the teens in the car will not face any charges.

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