Boy, 8, drives off in mum’s automotive with one-year-old sibling within the again


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An eight-year-old boy drove off in his mom’s automotive by a North Carolina metropolis together with his one-year-old sibling within the again, police have stated.

His mom gave him the keys and requested him to begin the SUV as they left a member of the family’s dwelling on Tuesday, stated native station WSOC-TV.

She stated her son had by no means pushed earlier than, however put the automotive in reverse “unintentionally” earlier than placing it in drive when it began shifting.

In a 911 name, she reported her two kids lacking and stated she wasn’t positive if the automotive had been stolen or if her son was behind the wheel.

“We tried to chase him down the street,” she advised the 911 operator.

Police in Gastonia, simply west of Charlotte, stated the boy had pushed about two miles to his dwelling earlier than leaving once more. They have been capable of cease him just a few blocks later.

“These roads that he travelled are usually not backcountry roads with no different vehicles,” stated police spokesman Rick Goodale. “These are well-travelled roads within the metropolis of Gastonia.”

The boy stated he was scared and drove in the midst of the street to keep away from vehicles however stopped at visitors lights as a result of he’d seen his mom do the identical.

Police have not pressed expenses however have referred the case to social providers.

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