PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A 15-year-old unlicensed driver who crashed through a fence and ran over a stop sign may have bought the car by tapping a state account through the Internet, police say.
Terrance Lloyd bought the $15,000 Plymouth Neon last month from a Chrysler dealer, negotiating the deal through e-mail and telephone calls, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Saturday.
Court records show the boy paid for the car using CheckFree, a service that allows customers to send checks electronically. The account the check was drawn on belongs to the State of Florida Disbursement Unit, which issues child support payments.
CheckFree told authorities the boy sent out an additional $105,000 in checks to other retailers, but only the auto dealer delivered merchandise, court records show.
Lloyd, who is too young to get a license, ran over the fence and sign last month, the day after it was delivered. He was cited for driving without a license. He not been charged with any crimes in connection with the car purchase but is being investigated for grand theft and fraud, the Herald-Tribune reported.
The boy's mother denies that her son illegally bought the car.