7-year-old borrows car, leads police on chase

7-year-old borrows car, leads police on chase

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PLAIN CITY -- The driver of the car could barely see over the steering wheel.

Weber County sheriff's deputies were called Sunday about an erratic driver in Plain City, someone who looked a little young.

"He ran a stop sign in front of another vehicle," Capt. Klint Anderson told KSL NewsRadio on Monday. "The other driver noticed right away that the child looked like he shouldn't be driving."

But when two deputies tried to stop the vehicle, the pint-sized driver took off, leading them on a low-speed chase.

"Our deputies continued to follow him at about 30 to 40 miles an hour until the young man parked at his house and ran in to the garage," Anderson said.

Deputies went after him and encountered the boy's father. When he called his son down, the 7-year-old boy fessed up that he had "borrowed" the family car, Anderson said.

"He's too young to charge with a crime," Anderson said, chuckling. "So there really isn't any other action to take other than to admonish the parents to keep an eye on their keys and their kid."


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