A 13-year-old boy has been handed several driving tickets after he was caught joyriding in a truck, with a 12-year-old passenger in tow, around Brandon, Man., over the weekend.

Brandon police say they got a call at around 2 p.m. Sunday about a vehicle being driven erratically in the parking lot of a business in the 300 block of Sixth Street North.

"The investigation indicates that the owner of the truck involved had left the keys in it and two youths decided, upon discovering this, that they wanted to enhance their driving skills," police stated in a news release Monday.

By the time officers arrived at the scene, the two teens got out of the truck and ran away but were caught nearby with the help of a citizen who was driving in the area.

Police say the 13-year-old driver received tickets under the provincial Highway Traffic Act for several offences, including:

  • Driving carelessly.
  • Driving vehicle while under 16 years of age.
  • Operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

He also got a ticket after the truck collided with a fence, causing minor damage to the vehicle, according to police.

Police say the 12-year-old passenger was not charged and was handed over to his parents.