BRYANT, Arkansas (KARK)-
A family is pushing for law changes to force taxi drivers to check identification of young passengers traveling alone.
This after an 11-year-old girl decided to cab it to Florida from central Arkansas.
The family woke up December 5 to find young Alexis Waller gone. They initially thought someone had kidnapped her. There was a note, in which Alexis said she decided to run away.
Instead, police say, Alexis took $10,000 in cash from her grandmother’s sock drawer, then snuck out in the middle of the night and walked to a gas station.
From there, she hitched a ride with a stranger to Little Rock. Once in the city, she called for a taxi.
“He didn’t really ask anything, he just asked me where I needed to go,” Alexis told KARK. “I said, ‘I need to go to Jacksonville, Florida’. He’s like, ‘do you have money’ and I’m like ‘yes’.”
The driver said the ride would cost about $2,500. Alexis gave him about $1,300 upfront, and promised the rest when they got to Florida.
She says she wanted to go to Florida to see a boy she had met two years ago, and had kept in touch with.
When her parents called police, they pulled her cell phone records. From there, they saw which cab company she had called.
Officers contacted the taxi driver, who told them he was just outside Atlanta, Georgia.
“I’m actually glad I got found ’cause I knew I made a mistake after awhile and I didn’t have a phone,” Alexis said.
Her parents drove nine hours to pick her up.
“You have the rest of your life to punish her, and you just want to hug her and just love her because you got her back and that’s what’s important,” Alexis’ father, Brent Waller, said.
Police say the driver didn’t break any laws because he doesn’t appear to have any ill intentions for transporting Alexis.