Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

April 14, 2013

Mich. 6-year-old takes dad's car for ride

LAPEER — Authorities say a 6-year-old Lapeer County boy seeking Chinese food took his father’s car for a morning joyride.

The Lapeer County sheriff’s department says it was alerted by other drivers who saw a youngster driving erratically Saturday on M-24, about 60 miles north of Detroit.

When deputies arrived, two drivers had the car boxed in, and one of them pulled the keys from the ignition. Sgt. Andy Engster tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/17y1dlZ) that the boy had no previous driving experience but wanted Chinese food around 7:30 a.m.

Engster says the boy also wanted to get the car repaired after hitting a sign. The boy’s father told deputies that he was asleep and didn’t know his son was gone.

The incident is under investigation.

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