Police in Kansas City, Missouri, were surprised to find that a 10-year-old girl was the driver of an SUV that crashed into a minivan while also damaging an electrical box and stop sign.
The girl woke up before her mother on the morning of July 31. She wanted to get something to eat, so she decided to drive her mother’s Chevy Tahoe by herself, The Kansas City Missouri Police Department wrote in a news release.
The girl drove for a while before getting lost. When she tried to turn the car, she did not follow traffic rules. She didn’t yield to a Honda Pilot coming in the opposite direction, and so the two cars collided.
Police were called at about 7:45 a.m. The girl was transported to the hospital for minor bumps and bruises. The driver of the Honda Pilot was not injured, according to the release.
Child Leads Police on High-Speed Chase
The boy jumped in the car at about 9 a.m., as his sister was preparing to take him to school. He managed to frustrate both local police and state troopers as he got on the highway and refused to stop.
The boy drove his car into a ditch to avoid spikes that were placed on the road by troopers. He drove along the ditch for a while, until troopers bumped his car with theirs, forcing him to finally stop, Cleveland.com reported.
It wasn’t the first time he had driven himself on the highway. Some days prior, he had also taken the car but was forced to stop after it got three flat tires.
The boy told police that boredom was the source of his antics.
8-Year-Old Learns to Drive From YouTube Videos
An 8-year-old boy from East Palestine, Ohio, drove himself and his 4-year-old sister to McDonald’s on July 28, The Weirton Daily Times reported.
The boy reportedly followed all traffic rules and drove effortlessly, East Palestine Patrolman Jacob Koehler told The Weirton Daily Times. The boy had learned to drive by watching YouTube videos.
“He didn’t hit a single thing on the way there. It was unreal,” Koehler said.
He drove so well that he made it to McDonald’s, ordered in the drive-thru, and only when he pulled up to the pickup window did McDonald’s workers think there was something odd.
“The workers thought that the parents were in the back, but obviously they weren’t,” Koehler told The Weirton Daily Times.
The boy’s parents had already fallen asleep when the boy and girl drove away with the vehicle. The boy was able to get the car keys by standing on his tippy toes and pulling them off from where they were hanging, The Weirton Daily Times reported.
The boy told the police that he did it because he just really wanted to eat a cheeseburger. He was remorseful about doing something wrong.
A friend of the family recognized the children and called their grandparents to pick them up and take them to the police station. While waiting for the grandparents, they ate McDonald’s food.
The parents then came and picked up the children from the station. The police did not file charges, The Weirton Daily Times reported.