Boy, 6, Drives Mom's Car to School

Learned to drive playing Grand Theft Auto
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2009 3:15 AM CST
A six-year-old tried to drive his mom's Ford Taurus to school at up to 60 mph.   (AP Photo/Ford Motor Co., Sam VarnHagen, ho)
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(Newser) – A Virginia first-grader missed his school bus but was determined to get to school on time—so he climbed into his mom's Ford Taurus and drove for 10 miles, reports the Washington Post. The mini-Mario Andretti wove through highway traffic at up to 60 mph before slamming into a utility pole. The 6-year-old, who wasn't injured, said he picked up the rudiments of driving from playing video games.

The boy was crying when police found him, but then began to walk away. Asked where he was going, he responded: "My school's right over there. I'm late." It's a "a miracle that somebody didn't get killed," said the Northumberland County sheriff, who speculated that the boy had to stand for the drive so he could see over the dashboard. The boy's parents have been charged with felony child endangerment.