Utah Cop Pulls Over Driver Headed to Calif. He Was 5

Adrian's ride was a Dodge Journey
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2020 9:25 AM CDT
Boy, 5, Caught on Interstate: 'Police Told Me I Drive Good'
Adrian’s face is obscured in this Monday photo.   (Utah Highway Patrol)

A 5-year-old hoping to make it to California came up short Monday when he was caught driving on a Utah interstate. Utah Highway Patrol trooper Rick Morgan noticed a car swerving so badly on Interstate 15 in Ogden that he expected to find a person needing medical attention, per CBS News. Instead, he found a 5-year-old boy named Adrian, perched on the edge of the driver's seat so his feet could reach the pedals. "How does a little 5-year-old, 11 years younger than me, do it and I can't?" Adrian's sister Sidney Estrada tells KUTV. She was watching her younger siblings when she fell asleep. When she woke up, she noticed three things were missing: Adrian, the family's SUV, and the keys.

Adrian had made it 2 miles when Morgan spotted the Dodge Journey. The boy ignored the flashing lights but pulled over soon after hearing a siren. "Where did you come from? How did you get this car?" said a baffled Morgan, who helped Adrian get the vehicle into park. Adrian announced he'd argued with his mom, who refused to buy him a Lamborghini, and planned to drive to California to buy one himself—with all of $3 he proudly displayed in his wallet. "I don't know what went through his mind," says Sidney. Adrian's parents, who collected their son and vehicle, told troopers that the boy had never driven before. But "the police told me I drive good," Adrian tells KUTV. In fact, Morgan tells the AP, "it seemed a little worse than a normal impaired driver." (Read more Utah stories.)

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