12-year-old boy at 911 dispatchers

(KTLA) — Three California Highway Patrol emergency dispatchers were able to help a 12-year-old boy after he called 911 fearing for his safety because his father allegedly drove erratically on the highway.

The quick-witted boy, identified only as Ayden, called for help on October 26 after his father unexpectedly picked him up from a birthday party and wanted to go to Vegas by car, officials said.

“I need help…my dad is trying to take me to Vegas. He’s acting weird,” Ayden can be heard telling one of the 911 dispatchers over the phone.

“Are you guys in a house or in front of a business?” we hear the dispatcher ask.

“We’re on the highway,” Ayden replied.

Dispatchers, who were on the phone with the boy for more than an hour, told KTLA he remained very calm, responsive and descriptive throughout the ordeal.

“He was a 12-year-old boy and he’s calling his own dad,” said Alicia Villegas, one of the dispatchers who spoke with Ayden. “So it’s really out of the ordinary.

Police said they had difficulty finding Ayden and her father in heavy traffic. At one point, a dispatcher suggested Ayden reach out the car window, which worked.

Authorities located him and his father on Highway 15 near Baseline Road. Her father was taken into custody and charged with impaired driving and child endangerment.

Ayden was brought home safely.


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