CLEARWATER — Police said a 16-year-old boy stole a car from a Largo woman on Saturday after his first car theft attempt was thwarted because he couldn't drive a stick shift.
Quantevious Ghee, of Tampa, was charged with attempted carjacking and grand theft auto.
According to Clearwater police, Ghee was armed when he approached a Clearwater man in the driveway of his home on Snug Island just after 9 p.m. and demanded his keys and wallet.
The 72-year-old man gave Ghee his keys and wallet, then went inside his home to call police. But the teen left the car because he didn't know how to work a manual transmission, police said.
Ghee then ran to a nearby home, where he found a 2007 Honda belonging to a Largo woman running in a driveway. He jumped in the car and took off, police said.
Police soon found the Honda in the area and used stop sticks that are used to deflate tires to keep the teen from fleeing. Ghee ran away but was taken into custody, police said.