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Driving lesson gone wrong

By Alex Zequeira email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX ) - A West Palm Beach father is in big trouble for trying to teach his son how to drive. So, what's the problem? Well, his son is only 10, and he lost control of the car causing a lot of damage.

During this illegal driving lesson, one man, who risked his own life to save a child, was also hurt. He was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center, but we don't know his condition. He jumped in front of the out of control car to make sure another kid on the street was not hit.

It all happened at the Lake Shore Apartments on Congress Avenue near 45th Street.

At least four vehicles got banged up: doors smashed in, one was pushed into another car, and an SUV was even pushed up onto the sidewalk.

Now, we don't know how fast the 10 year old was driving, but we did see thick black skid marks going into one of the cars.

Our cameras were also rolling when 28-year-old Derrick Johnson was caught and arrested.

Police tell us he was teaching his son to drive by sitting him on his lap and giving him control of the wheel. That's when the child rammed into the cars and nearly hit another kid out in the street.

Police say, after the accident, Johnson ran from the scene but was caught at the nearby Stoneybrook Apartment Complex where police discovered he was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

This driving lesson gone wrong is going to cost dear old dad. He's now charged with child neglect, fleeing the scene and other charges.

As for the 10 year old, police do not know where the boy is or who he is in the care of, but, they say, he was last seen running into a nearby apartment.

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