6-year-old takes family car to go out for Chinese food

6-year-old takes family car to go out for Chinese food

Police in Lapeer responded to an unusual phone call Saturday morning from drivers on M-24 who reported a vehicle driving erratically.

“They told police when they called that it looked like a 6-year-old was driving the car,” said Sgt. Andy Engster of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department. “And they were exactly right.”

By the time police arrived to pull over the six-year-old boy, two drivers of other vehicles had already boxed him into a turnaround, said Engster. One reached into the window and pulled the keys out of the ignition.

The boy had taken the keys off the counter at home and told the responding officer that he had never driven before and nobody had taught him how.

“He said he’d never even sat on his dad’s lap to steer the car or anything,” said Engster.

When police asked the boy why he took the car, he told them he was going to get Chinese food. He had hit a “no left turn” sign on Park and Pine streets near his home and, seeing the damage to the car, decided he needed to head to the dealer to get it repaired.

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