On Monday, a 5-year-old boy from Utah was pulled over while attempting to drive to California. Why, you ask? To purchase a Lamborghini with $3 in his pocket.
At about 12:15 p.m. Lt. Nick Street shared with Buzzfeed how as a highway patrol trooper, he was attempting to catch up to a speeder on southbound Interstate 15 in Ogden when he came across what he initially believed was an impaired driver or someone experiencing a medical emergency traveling at 32 mph in a 70 mph zone.
“There’s a curve in the road and he was kind of having a hard time making the curve,” Street said.
The trooper stopped traffic and when he approached the vehicle, he discovered a small boy about to cry while sitting on the edge of the seat with both feet on the brake pedal.
After Street helped him put the car in gear and turn off the engine, the boy revealed to him how he was just 5-years-old and how he had left home to drive to California because he wanted to buy a Lamborghini.
“He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet,” the Utah Highway Patrol tweeted.
Captured from a dash camera video of the traffic stop, the footage reveals a light-colored compact SUV driving slowly down the interstate, moving across lanes without using any turning signals before the trooper turns on his siren.
And after the car pulls over onto the left shoulder, the officer appears to help the child park and turn off the engine — then returning to his car and walking back to the SUV to ask the boy some questions.
“How old are you? You’re 5 years old? Wow, OK,” the trooper says. “Where did you learn how to drive a car?”
The boy’s answers are not audible in the video.
Street shared how the agency’s tweet stated incorrectly how the boy (who was not identified) had left his home after an argument with his mom when in actuality, the boy’s parents were both at work at the time and an older sibling in their teens was supposed to be babysitting him when he grabbed the car keys and left.
“He was determined to go get a Lamborghini with the money he had in his wallet,” Street said. “Apparently, he didn’t realize you can get one in Utah.”
The boy only drove a few miles from home.
Street revealed how the agency was in communication with the county attorney to decide if any charges should be filed against the boy’s parents but noted that based on the boy’s emotional state at the traffic stop, there’s “a good chance this won’t reoccur.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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