Crime South Carolina Boy, 11, Drives 200 Miles by Himself to Live with a Stranger He Met on Snapchat Officer Christopher Braun was parked in a restaurant lot when the 11-year-old pulled up next to him asking for help By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for nearly five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 25, 2019 11:39 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: YouTube A South Carolina boy is lucky to be alive after he drove 200 miles by himself to live with a stranger he had met on Snapchat. The 11-year-old boy has since been reunited with his family, all thanks to Officer Christopher Braun, who happened to be in the right place at the right time, the Charleston Police Department said in a press release on Tuesday. The potentially dangerous incident happened late Sunday night into early Monday morning, according to authorities. The Simpsonville boy had been driving for approximately three hours when he pulled into a parking lot beside Braun’s police car on Monday around 12:30 a.m. and told the officer he was lost. Male Student Uses Snapchat Gender Filter to Pose as Underage Girl, 16, Leading to Cop’s Arrest According to Braun, the boy explained that he “took his brother’s car and drove to Charleston to live with an unknown male he met on Snapchat.” As he was driving, the child relied on his father’s Insignia tablet for GPS signal to lead him to the Charleston address, authorities said. However, he found himself in a predicament when the tablet lost signal and he could not recover the address. (Snapchat messages disappear within 10 seconds of a user opening them.) • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. With nothing else to do, the boy pulled over and asked the cop for help. After providing his name, his father’s name and telephone number, Braun notified the boy’s dad, who said he was already in the process of reporting the child missing. The 11-year-old has since been reunited with his father and brother, while police launch an investigation into the unknown man and analyze the tablet. The Charleston and Simpsonville Police Departments are now reminding parents to speak to their children about safety when using social media. “You have somebody who’s chatting with an 11-year-old about traveling so we’re very cautious about wanting to make sure children are safe on the internet,” Simpsonville Police Department investigator James Donnelly told WYFF News 4. RELATED VIDEO: Ohio Patrolman Drives Man 100 Miles to Reach Family Grieving After Sister’s Death “I would love tonight, right now, anybody who’s watching this, who is a parent of a child, especially an 11-year-old, to sit down with your 11-year-old, right now, right this moment and have a conversation about what you’re doing on social media,” Charleston Police Chief Luther T. Reynolds told CNN affiliate WCIV. “The dangers, the benefits, and things that as a parent we need to talk about every day,” he added.