HOUSTON -

A Montgomery County father has his car back after his 12-year-old son took it for a long ride.

Monday ended with a 12-year-old and his two friends being handcuffed and taken into custody by Montgomery County sheriff's deputies. Officials said it all started when the young man made a bad decision by stealing his father's car.

Miguel Hernandez said after his wife finished making his lunch early Monday morning, he opened his front door, looked out and saw that his car was missing. When he couldn't find his 12-year-old in bed, he said he knew what happened.

"When I no see him (sic), you know sleeping, it come through to my mind he take it," said Hernandez.

Monday afternoon when the deputies spotted the 12-year-old, who had picked up a 15 and 16-year-old, he took off on Highway 105 between Conroe and Cleveland.

Deputies said with the 12-year-old behind the wheel, the chase reached speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

The chase ended in a parking lot after the white convertible Mustang blew a tire. The 12-year-old's father said for now jail may be the best place for his son.

"I hope he get (sic) better there," said Hernandez. "Maybe he change you know, can be better."