Toddler Drives Battery-Powered Tractor To County Fair Without Asking His Parents

A two-and-a-half year old boy went for a joyride on Thursday night when he took his battery-powered tractor for a drive in order to visit the county fair.

The child, who has not been named, lives a block and a half from the Chisago County Fairground in Minnesota and had been watching the rides at the fair be constructed this week while out with his parents.

According to KARE-TV, the fair opened on Thursday and the child decided to hop on his John Deere battery-powered tractor and to go to the fairground. However, the toddler didn't tell his parents of his plans, prompting a missing child alert to be called into the Chisago County Sheriff's Office.

The boy was only missing for three minutes after the dispatch was sent to officers. Minnesota state Representative Brian Johnson, who KARE says is a former sheriff's deputy from Isanti County, noticed the toddler near the Tilt-a-Whirl and thought something must be wrong. Johnson notified a deputy that he had found the child, and the officer reunited the toddler with his father.

According to KARE, the child drove his tractor down the sidewalk to the fairgrounds, through a back gate and through a heavy crowd of people attending opening night festivities before he got to the Tilt-a-Whirl.

Unfortunately for the toddler, his driving privileges have been revoked. According to a Facebook post from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office, the child's father removed the battery in his tractor after they were reunited.

We are out at the Chisago County Fair all night and through the duration of the fair. Stop by our booth and say hello!...

Posted by Chisago County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 18, 2019

It's not the first time a toddler has left home in a battery-operated vehicle. In 2016, a South Carolina boy left his home at 2 a.m. to drive his BMW around the neighborhood. In that instance, passersby noticed the child and called the police, who took the boy to the police station until they located his parents.

"It seems he just slipped out during the night and started driving down the road. If he would have gone any further he would have hit a main road," Ken Bell, the public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, told Yahoo at the time.

When contacted, the parents were shocked to discover that their son was not in his bed.

In 2017, a pair of siblings, aged five and two, crashed their mother's car when they took it for a ride in West Virginia. According to the Associated Press, one child pressed the gas and brake pedals while the other controlled the steering wheel.

The two boys made it three miles before the car crashed into a ditch. Neither of the children was injured in the accident.

And last month, a 4-year-old swiped his great-grandfather's Hyundai Santa Fe when he wanted some candy. The Minnesota boy drove through his neighborhood before he got onto a main street during rush hour at around 8:30 a.m.

The child made it to the gas station where he had intended to go without incident, though he was met by police. However, the boy hit several mailboxes and clipped a tree during his drive, damaging the front bumper of his great-grandfather's car. Neither the boy or any bystanders were injured.

John Deere battery-operated tractor
A two-and-a-half-year-old boy took his battery-operated John Deere tractor for a ride on Thursday, driving a block and a half to a Minnesota fairground without his parents knowing. His parents discovered the boy, who has not been named, was missing and called police, who quickly located the toddler at the fairground near the Tilt-a-whirl. After he was reunited with his parents, local police said his father removed the battery from the child's tractor. Chisago County Sheriff's Office
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