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Real-Life Ricky Bobby? 7-Year-Old Pulled Over After 20-Mile Drive

By Trevor Dorchies | June 21, 2011
Turning 16 is a special time for many teenagers as it usually marks the age when driving legally finally becomes a reality. A 7-year-old boy from Sheridan Township, Michigan, apparently couldn’t wait another nine years and took off for his father’s house, located four hours away in the town of Filion. The boy left his mother’s house and took off in his step-father’s Pontiac Sunfire, getting 20 miles from home and hitting speeds of 50 mph before police were able to stop him. I was hoping he wasn’t going to crash,” Caseville Police Chief Jamie Learman told the Detroit Free Press. “A couple of times he went off the right side, onto the berm in the gravel, and the vehicle was fishtailing a little bit. When that happened, he seemed to be increasing his speeds.” The boy was finally corralled by Learman and Huron County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randy Britt when they boxed the vehicle in and brought it to a raucous halt. The boy had trouble pulling the car over but was able to bring it to a creep. Terrified and in tears he couldn’t get the car unlocked as officers tried to help bring the car to a standstill. Both officers instructed the boy how to unlock the car and once the door popped open Britt reached in and put the car in “park.” “He was crying and just kept saying he wanted to go to his dad’s,” Learman said. “That was pretty much it: he just wanted to go to his dad’s.” The boy reportedly left his mother’s house around 10 a.m. and set out across the peninsula to his father’s home in Filion. The boy’s attempt started to unravel when a man called 911 to report seeing the boy behind the wheel as he passed a Dairy Queen. The boy was supposed to wake his mother at 10 a.m. but she was awoken instead by a call from the police saying they had her son. When she finally arrived at the scene officers described her as “pretty upset.” The incident is now under review with the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson. If any charges are to be filed, the prosecutor will probably want to know how the boy learned how to drive. Have you ever driven a car before you were 16? Were you caught? Tell us about it here. Source: Detroit Free Press
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2 comments
Ace
Ace

well when he gets into high school, he will have quite a story to tell lol

Bizzy
Bizzy

Charges? What are they gonna charge a 7 yr old with? As jacked up as the law is, they'll probably cahrge the poor mother with sleeping!At night! And no one had to necessarily teach this kid how to steer a car -these kids nowadays figure things out on their own! He's seen his parents, or someone operate a car obviously, and imitated what he saw.

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