Teenage Airplane Thief Gets Probation

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A 16-year-old Tennessee boy who took a Piper Cherokee on a wild joyride last Feb. 1, possibly to impress his girlfriend, has been put on a year's probation by a youth court. Nathan Frost, of Rockvale, has also been ordered not to apply for a pilot certificate until he's 18. The boy pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, theft of a truck, attempted burglary and vandalizing a mailbox in the spectacular example of teenage drama that culminated with a pre-dawn buzzing of a neighborhood. Among the witnesses were amazed sheriff's deputies who said it was like watching an air show and described the boy as a "good pilot." Frost landed safely at Murfreesboro Airport and was arrested. After pleading guilty to the charges Feb. 16, Frost was placed under house arrest but he was put in youth detention when he violated the terms. During his probation he will have to keep up his psychological counseling and perform 100 hours of community service -- well away from airports, we presume.