5yr old boy pulled over trying to drive to CA

UHP: 5-year-old boy pulled over after trying to drive to California to buy a sports car

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | UPDATED - May. 4, 2020 at 6:28 p.m. | Posted - May. 4, 2020 at 3:01 p.m.

OGDEN — What was believed to be an impaired driver on I-15 Monday afternoon turned out to be a child trying to make his way to California to buy a Lamborghini sports car, authorities said.

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper who was looking to pull over a speeding vehicle on the freeway happened to notice another vehicle struggling to maintain the I-15 lanes shortly after 12:15 p.m., UHP Lt. Nick Street said. The vehicle was also traveling a little over 30 mph on the freeway.

"When they found the vehicle, they thought 'Oh yeah, this might be an impaired person' and when the car pulled over, it even seemed more like this person might not know what they're doing," Street said, adding that it was "luck" that the trooper spotted the vehicle before anything worse may have happened.

That trooper was able to pull the vehicle over near the 25th Street off-ramp. When the trooper got out to speak with the driver, he discovered a boy whose head barely reached the headrest behind the wheel.

"He was sitting on the front edge of the seat so that he could reach the brake pedal to keep the car stopped while I was standing there," said UHP trooper Rick Morgan, who initiated the stop. "I helped him get the car into park, shut the vehicle down and then we started to look for means to contact his parents."

Troopers got ahold of the boy's family, who confirmed with the highway patrol that the boy was 5. Authorities learned that both parents were at work and a sibling was supposed to watch the boy.

Family members told troopers the boy had gotten upset with his mother at some point earlier when she wouldn't let him buy a Lamborghini, Street said. The boy's parents told investigators the boy had never driven before and they hadn't had any issues like that prior to Monday's incident.

However, it's believed the boy grabbed the keys from a hook in the home, started the car and made it from his home located in the area of 17th Street and Lincoln Avenue to the I-15 South on-ramp at 21st Street, Sreet said. That is about a five-minute drive from the home to the freeway.

Dashboard camera footage released by the Utah Highway Patrol shows the moment troopers located the vehicle on Monday. The boy was driving in an SUV traveling south. A vehicle tried to pass the SUV when the SUV swerved through a few lanes. That's when Morgan turned on his lights to initiate the stop.

The boy immediately pulled over near the concrete median, Morgan got out of the vehicle and eventually leans inside the window. The vehicle moves slowly for a bit before he opens the driver's side door and turns the engine off, and calls in the traffic stop.

When he returns to the vehicle, Morgan asks the boy for his age.

"You're 5 years old? Wow," Morgan said. "Where did you learn how to drive a car?"

Some of the conversation is inaudible, but the boy later told Morgan that the car belongs to his mother and that he got it from his home. He also said he was trying to head to California.

In recalling the incident with reporters, Morgan said the boy was upset and almost on the verge of tears when he caught up to him. He told troopers he was trying to get to his sister's home in California and that he also wanted to buy a Lamborghini. In a tweet, authorities wrote that the boy had $3 in his wallet that was "might have been short on the purchase amount" of a car brand that typically costs at least $200,000.

"I have a son who just turned 6 and I can't imagine him being able to figure out how to get behind the wheel or even having the want or willpower to be like 'I'm going to California to buy a Lamborghini,'" Street added.

 

One of our Troopers in Weber Co. initiated a traffic stop on what he thought was an impaired driver. Turns out it was this young man, age 5, somehow made his way up onto the freeway in his parents' car. Made it from 17th and Lincoln in Ogden down to the 25th St off-ramp SB I-15. pic.twitter.com/3aF1g22jRB

— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) May 4, 2020

 

Nobody was hurt and no property was believed to be damaged.

Even so, charges could still be filed against the parents in the case, Street explained. That decision would be made by the Weber County attorney's office.

"We're counting our blessings (nobody was hurt) but that doesn't mean a high-risk situation that put a lot of people's lives in jeopardy (didn't occur)," he said. "Based on that, we'll talk with the county attorney and see what charges they would like filed or screened with them and we'll do that."

Authorities say the incident is also a reminder for parents to make sure their vehicle's keys aren't in a spot to be easily taken by children.

"If you have a child that might be at high risk to grab the keys and get behind the wheel, you need to mitigate that by some degree by making sure the keys aren't in an easily accessible place," Street said, "making sure your vehicle is locked and all those things you need to do."

https://www.ksl.com/article/46749182/uhp-5-year-old-boy-pulled-over-after-trying-to-drive-to-california-to-buy-a-sports-car

 

When I was 8 my uncle let me drive back from a weekend hunting trip from Arizona to California, while he slept in the passenger seat. I still remember the looks of the people in the cars passing me.

No bullshit, true story.

RIP uncle Weldon

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since no one was hurt this is hilarious, but it could easily have been tragic.

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Better driver than my Uber last Saturday.

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That kids a little go getter. By the time he got to California he'd probably be ready to handle that Lamborghini.

He just wanted to do some hood rat stuff, smoke with cigarettes, stuff like that. 

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gta - utah

 

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If I was Lamborghini, I’d send that boy a few collectors scale model versions. Future race car driver right there. 

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LOL! Thank God noone was hurt and the kid is ok but this is hilarious! A child's imagination... hysterical.

Today he's jacking cars. A few years from now, it'll be boats and planes around Vancouver Island.

Imagine working at the Lambo dealership, a car pulls up, a 5 year old hops out and offers you 3 dolla for a Lambo.. Lol!! 

The_Pundits_Ghost -
camicom -

When I was 8 my uncle let me drive back from a weekend hunting trip from Arizona to California, while he slept in the passenger seat. I still remember the looks of the people in the cars passing me.


No bullshit, true story.


RIP uncle Weldon

At 8 you went out of state with your uncle hunting alone? Then he let you drive home? 
you’re positively lying through your teeth. Lol


MCHA: make camicon honest again

Lol, I went on hunting trips with my dad and uncles when I was that age you little fruitloop.

Mike Litoris -
The_Pundits_Ghost -
camicom -

When I was 8 my uncle let me drive back from a weekend hunting trip from Arizona to California, while he slept in the passenger seat. I still remember the looks of the people in the cars passing me.


No bullshit, true story.


RIP uncle Weldon

At 8 you went out of state with your uncle hunting alone? Then he let you drive home? 
you’re positively lying through your teeth. Lol


MCHA: make camicon honest again

Lol, I went on hunting trips with my dad and uncles when I was that age you little fruitloop.

Did they both fall asleep in the back and let you drive them home?  No thought not.


He’s full of shit and trolls with multiple account.

I want to assume this kid was heading to a Nintendo sponsored video game event, testing his skills against dirtbags wielding Power Gloves along the way, all the while randomly saying "CAL EH FORRRN YUH" 

The_Pundits_Ghost -
camicom -

When I was 8 my uncle let me drive back from a weekend hunting trip from Arizona to California, while he slept in the passenger seat. I still remember the looks of the people in the cars passing me.


No bullshit, true story.


RIP uncle Weldon

At 8 you went out of state with your uncle hunting alone? Then he let you drive home? 
you’re positively lying through your teeth. Lol


MCHA: make camicon honest again

Seems like a weird story to make up doesn't it? I shouldn't explain but I will, My uncle through marriage had another brother who lived in Mesa Az. We used to go dove and quail hunting a couple of times a year. As a kid I thought it was great, being able to fire off a 12g shotgun, I rarely hit anything. My parents divorced when I was 6, and I spent a lot of time at my aunt and uncles house, he and I did a lot of what could be considered father and son stuff, since I only saw my dad every other weekend and he never really had any money to do anything.


 


With that being said, If I had to hunt for my own meat now, I would go back to being vegan.


 

camicom -
The_Pundits_Ghost -
camicom -

When I was 8 my uncle let me drive back from a weekend hunting trip from Arizona to California, while he slept in the passenger seat. I still remember the looks of the people in the cars passing me.


No bullshit, true story.


RIP uncle Weldon

At 8 you went out of state with your uncle hunting alone? Then he let you drive home? 
you’re positively lying through your teeth. Lol


MCHA: make camicon honest again

Seems like a weird story to make up doesn't it? I shouldn't explain but I will, My uncle through marriage had another brother who lived in Mesa Az. We used to go dove and quail hunting a couple of times a year. As a kid I thought it was great, being able to fire off a 12g shotgun, I rarely hit anything. My parents divorced when I was 6, and I spent a lot of time at my aunt and uncles house, he and I did a lot of what could be considered father and son stuff, since I only saw my dad every other weekend and he never really had any money to do anything.


 


With that being said, If I had to hunt for my own meat now, I would go back to being vegan.


 

ny dad taught me to drive at 8 in a parking lot.  no way i could have driven on a road though.

camicom -
The_Pundits_Ghost -
camicom -

When I was 8 my uncle let me drive back from a weekend hunting trip from Arizona to California, while he slept in the passenger seat. I still remember the looks of the people in the cars passing me.


No bullshit, true story.


RIP uncle Weldon

At 8 you went out of state with your uncle hunting alone? Then he let you drive home? 
you’re positively lying through your teeth. Lol


MCHA: make camicon honest again

Seems like a weird story to make up doesn't it? I shouldn't explain but I will, My uncle through marriage had another brother who lived in Mesa Az. We used to go dove and quail hunting a couple of times a year. As a kid I thought it was great, being able to fire off a 12g shotgun, I rarely hit anything. My parents divorced when I was 6, and I spent a lot of time at my aunt and uncles house, he and I did a lot of what could be considered father and son stuff, since I only saw my dad every other weekend and he never really had any money to do anything.


 


With that being said, If I had to hunt for my own meat now, I would go back to being vegan.


 

Shooting a 12 gauge at 8 years old is the most surprising part of the story lol

EFM -
camicom -
The_Pundits_Ghost -
camicom -

When I was 8 my uncle let me drive back from a weekend hunting trip from Arizona to California, while he slept in the passenger seat. I still remember the looks of the people in the cars passing me.


No bullshit, true story.


RIP uncle Weldon

At 8 you went out of state with your uncle hunting alone? Then he let you drive home? 
you’re positively lying through your teeth. Lol


MCHA: make camicon honest again

Seems like a weird story to make up doesn't it? I shouldn't explain but I will, My uncle through marriage had another brother who lived in Mesa Az. We used to go dove and quail hunting a couple of times a year. As a kid I thought it was great, being able to fire off a 12g shotgun, I rarely hit anything. My parents divorced when I was 6, and I spent a lot of time at my aunt and uncles house, he and I did a lot of what could be considered father and son stuff, since I only saw my dad every other weekend and he never really had any money to do anything.


 


With that being said, If I had to hunt for my own meat now, I would go back to being vegan.


 

ny dad taught me to drive at 8 in a parking lot.  no way i could have driven on a road though.

First time I went hunting I was 6. First time I drove alone I was 10. Country life is sweet like that.


I can believe him on this one.

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At $3 a crack, I'd have a parking lot full of Lambos

Impressive.