A 10-year-old who drove a stolen car full of children head-on at a police car in a Kimberley town has been found not guilty at trial because the Magistrate determined the prosecution failed to prove that he knew it was wrong. A trial at Kununurra Children’s Court heard the boy, who cannot be identified, was driving the stolen Prado at speeds of up to 100km/h along suburban streets, footpaths, gravel verges and drainage ditches. The wild ride ended when the child did a U-turn and drove at a pursuing police vehicle that was forced to take evasive action. The boy and three passengers then abandoned the car and fled on foot. When told during a police interview three days later that his actions could have killed someone, the boy denied it. “What do you mean I put everyone at risk?” the boy told police. “I didn’t put anyone at risk... but I did see over the steering wheel.” Authorities charged the boy with stealing and driving recklessly, escaping police by pursuit, failing to stop when directed by police and not being authorised to drive a motor vehicle. In a written decision handed down on Tuesday, Magistrate Michelle Ridley acquitted the child of all charges, stating she was satisfied the boy had been the driver of the Prado, that he knew right from wrong and had no disabilities or cognitive issues. However she concluded that he did not know that his offences were “morally wrong,” rather than being, “naughty and mischievous.” Under the Criminal Code a child under 14 can not be convicted of an offence unless it is proved that the child knew what they were doing was wrong. “I am mindful that I only have to be satisfied he had capacity to know he ought not do the act and not actual knowledge,” Ms Ridley wrote. “The accused demonstrated consistently his capacity to listen and learn, but still argued he was no risk to anyone and the lectures that someone might die had no effect on him. “Importantly, he was not able to explain why things were wrong, only that they were.” The court heard that the boy, who is in State care, has had many placements within family and in group homes and “has received limited education over his short life”. The boy had also been on trial for charges of aggravated home burglary committed 10 days after the police chase. However Ms Ridley acquitted him of these charges as well because the prosecution did not prove elements of the offence.