6-year-old Takes Family Car For Repairs, Chinese Food

9:43 AM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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LAPEER, Mich. -- A 6-year-old boy took his family's car for a spin and made it about 3 miles before he was stopped by other motorists Saturday morning.

"I opened the door and asked him what he was doing," Lapeer County Sheriff's Deputy Karl Sapp said Sunday. "He told me he was going to the dealer to get the car fixed."

The boy, who had hit a street sign near his house and cracked the car's bumper, initially blamed the damage on his father, Sapp said.

The boy's parents were home sleeping about 7:30 a.m. and didn't know the child was gone with the family's Ford Taurus station wagon, authorities said.

The boy initially was heading to the Chinese restaurant where he ate the night before. There weren't many other vehicles on the road during his joyride.

'He had never driven before," Sapp said. "Nobody taught him."

The boy told police that he had watched his dad drive. He had the seat all the way forward when he was stopped.

"I don't know how he was able to operate everything and see at the same time," Sapp said. "Apparently, he was close enough that he could reach the pedals."

But he didn't drive well: Two other motorists called 911 to report erratic driving. The motorists stopped the 6-year-old on M-24, south of I-69, and blocked the car until police arrived.

An officer woke the boy's father and brought him to the scene. The father drove the car back. It was unclear Sunday whether police would seek any charges.


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