8-year-old Boy Takes Parents' Car and Goes on 87 mph Joyride: 'I Just Wanted to Drive a Little'

An 8-year-old boy in Germany took his parents' car without their knowledge and went on a high-speed joyride along a motorway.

The unnamed boy's parents phoned police early on Wednesday morning to tell them that their son had taken the family's VW Golf from their home in the western town of Soest, the Associated Press reported.

Police found the boy on a lay-by on the A44 motorway heading toward the city of Dortmund. He had put on the car's hazard warning lights and placed a small triangle behind the car.

When police caught up with the boy, he burst into tears and told them he started feeling "uncomfortable" once he hit 140 kph (87 mph) on the highway. He reportedly told police: "I just wanted to drive a little."

The boy's mother said he did have experience behind the wheel, having driven on his family property and used bumper cars and go-karts. The legal age for driving in Germany is 18. No one was injured and there was no damage to the car.

The boy's adventure got a lot of attention on the Soest police's Facebook page.

Xuan Liu wrote: "The boy has got talent! His parents should be happy than been worried,...,next step, F1 school." Sathya Steuer wrote: "I can only wish every father to have a son like this! A dream son!"

One Facebook user wrote: "Thank God nothing happened to anyone."

„Ich wollte nur ein bisschen Autofahren.“ sagte in der Nacht ein 8-Jähriger zu unseren Kollegen. Er war von zuhause mit...

Posted by Polizei NRW Soest on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Also this week, a woman was arrested after she allowed a nine-year-old girl to sit on her lap and drive a car in an Indiana cemetery.

The Evansville Courier and Press reported that the 48-year-old Chandler resident is facing charges of criminal mischief and neglect of a dependent after letting her take the wheel and damage headstones at Locust Hill Cemetery in Evansville.

Earlier in August, a 12-year-old girl who took control of a car in Houston, Texas, crashed into a man and his dog, killing them both.

Initially, investigators said it was unclear how the girl ended up at the wheel of the SUV. The girl's father, Tomas Mejia, was charged with criminally negligent homicide and endangering a child.

Meanwhile, police in Australia are investigating the case of a man who was caught on camera driving at 60 mph along the Pacific Motorway in Queensland with a baby on his lap, 7News reported this week.