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Four-Year-Old Boy Drives Great Grandfather's Car A Mile To Buy Sweets

Four-Year-Old Boy Drives Great Grandfather's Car A Mile To Buy Sweets

A young boy with a particularly large sweet tooth drove his great grandmother's car more than a mile to try and find some sweets.

The toddler, called Sebastian, jumped behind the wheel of his great grandad's motor after he got a hankering for some Reese's sweets - even though he could barely reach the pedals.

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According to Blaine Police Department, Sebastian grabbed the keys for the Hyundai Sante Fe at around 8.30am and incredibly made it to the Speedway gas station in Blaine, a mile-and-a-half from their home.

Despite his small stature, Sebastian managed to reverse out of the driveway and turn onto a busy main road during morning rush hour.

The cheeky tyke swiped his great-grandmother's keys while no one was looking. Credit: Fox 9
The cheeky tyke swiped his great-grandmother's keys while no one was looking. Credit: Fox 9

When the cheeky tyke was asked where he was going, he told Fox 9: "To the gas station because I wanted to have Reese's."

Sebastian's mother Jenna Swenson told local media that she was worried sick.

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When she realised what had happened, Ms Swenson said she was feeling: "Panic, anxiety. A little of almost all the emotions going on... trying to calculate what happened."

Eyewitnesses told police they spotted the large vehicle driving erratically at around 10 to 15 miles per hour, before pulling into the petrol station car park.

The large vehicle suffered a broken bumper from the trip. Credit: Fox 9
The large vehicle suffered a broken bumper from the trip. Credit: Fox 9

Fortunately, police managed to get to the boy and despite destroying a number of mailboxes and clipping a tree - breaking the bumper - the boy wasn't injured.

According to reports, the little lad used his great grandad's walker to snatch the keys before getting in the car without anyone noticing.

Speaking to Fox 9, Roy Becker - the great grandfather in question - said they were extremely lucky that nothing more serious happened.

He said: "He watches everything people do and he'll repeat it. It could've been very serious. He could've hit a car. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt. We could be talking about a funeral."

Despite his size, Sebastian managed to drive down a busy road at rush hour. Credit: Fox 9
Despite his size, Sebastian managed to drive down a busy road at rush hour. Credit: Fox 9

The family has since said they will make sure the car keys are locked in a safe place and kept well out of Sebastian's reach from now on, to make sure a repeat of the joyride doesn't happen.

But it wasn't just his family that was shocked by the incident. Local authorities couldn't believe it.

Captain Mark Boerboom from the Blaine Police Department said: "I've never seen a driver this young before operating a vehicle."

Featured Image Credit: Fox 9

Topics: Interesting, US News, Weird

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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