A policeman in western Utah was stunned after stopping what he thought was a disabled driver on a freeway to find a five-year-old behind the wheel.
The Utah Highway Patrol said the boy told the soldier who stopped him on Monday that he had left home after an argument with his mother, who had refused to buy him a Lamborghini.
"He decided to take the car and go to California to buy one for himself," the Highway Patrol said in a tweet. "He could have made the purchase short because he only had $ 3."
In a dashcam video of the incident released by the department, the boy's SUV is hurled across the highway as other vehicles and trucks race past.
The car then drives to the left of the highway after the soldier Rick Morgan has activated his siren.
"When Trp. Morgan approached the driver's side of the vehicle on foot, he noticed that it was strange that he couldn't see the driver's head from the rear window," said the Highway Patrol in a statement released on Tuesday.
One of our soldiers in Weber Co. initiated a traffic disruption for what he considered to be a disabled driver. It turned out that this young man, at the age of 5, somehow drove onto the highway in his parents' car. Made it from 17th and Lincoln in Ogden to 25th St Off-Ramp SB I-15. pic.twitter.com/3aF1g22jRB
– Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) May 4, 2020
Morgan in the video asks the boy about his age.
"You are five years old?" he exclaims. "Wow … where did you learn how to drive a car?"
Police said the boy, who was not identified, managed to drive three to five kilometers from his home before he was stopped and his parents were contacted.
"The family reported that the boy's older sibling watched him this morning, the siblings fell asleep, and the boy took the SUV keys off a hook in their home," the statement said.
"Fortunately, no one was injured and no damaged property was found during his short trip."
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