When a state policeman pulled over a car that was being driven at night without lights, he found a 14-year-old boy at the wheel, making his escape from a Connecticut boarding school.

His two passengers, also runaways, were 10 and 11 years old, police said. One had a teddy bear with him.

When the policeman asked whose car it was after the Tuesday night traffic stop, the driver said, "We don't know, we stole it," the police report says.

Police would not identify the school, but The Journal News reported on its Internet site Wednesday that it was the Devereux Glenholme School in Washington, Conn. Calls to the school were not immediately returned.

The school is about 30 miles from where the boys were pulled over. They were headed for Manhattan, where one boy's parents lived, Reilly said.

"They didn't like the boarding school, so they ran away," he said. He said they found the car, a 1990 Dodge Shadow, with keys in it outside a highway department or firehouse.

Each of the boys was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, returned to the school and ordered to appear in Family Court on Monday.