Teen Drives Minivan through Gas Station Front Door

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CLIVE, Iowa – Clive police responded to an incident at the Kum & Go store on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers say a minivan was driven by a 15-year-old boy through the front door at the store on 86th and Harbach Blvd shortly before 12 p.m.

The teen, who doesn’t have a permit or license, asked his mother who was pumping gas if he could pull the van from the pumps to the front of the store.  He hit the gas instead of the brake pedal and slammed into the front of the store.

About $10,000 worth of damage was caused.

Witnesses said nobody was injured in the incident.

Crews have removed the vehicle and the store remains open despite the front door being out of use.

No charges are being filed as the incident occurred on private property.



  • Cashby1979

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought you had to have a driver’s license to drive a vehicle, no matter how far the distance. Perhaps not. Glad no one was injured though. Hopefully lesson was learned.

  • TV13

    Yeah seriously no charges? How about driving without a license? The mother needs to be charged for allowing her son she knew had no license to operate a motor vehicle. What if someone was hurt or killed? No responsibility these days.

  • Anon

    “He got confused and hit the gas instead of the brake pedal and slammed into the front of the store.” How does a 15 year old get confused? A child knows the difference between the 2 pedals.

  • Laconic Flash

    It isn’t illegal for an unlicensed person to drive on private property which is why the article points out that no charges were filed because the incident occurred on private property. Reading comprehension is fundamental.

    • Cashby1979

      I think most people commenting has reading comprehension that is just fine. We just weren’t familiar with the law that says it isn’t illegal for an unlicensed driver to drive on private property. It doesn’t state the law in the article. Therein lies the confusion. Thanks for clearing it up.

  • Sue

    A parking lot is considered private property so I kind of see where they would not write the ticket. Getting a ticket would mean this boy could not get his license until he was 18. Maybe that would have been a good thing. If during a 15 foot drive he got confused between the brake and the gas, and got up to a high enough speed to jump the curb and go through the front door, do we really want him on the road, unaccompanied, in under a year when he turns 16? I hope I am never near him on the interstate, or in a gas station parking lot!

  • Just a Mom

    Glad he didn’t run over anyone. If they have insurance it may not pay. Would serve the Mom right.

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