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11-year-old takes parent’s car for joyride after playing Grand Theft Auto

News staff | posted Monday, Nov 28th, 2016

An 11-year-old boy was caught driving his parent’s vehicle after playing a video game and wanting to see what driving a real vehicle would be like.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said they received multiple calls for a vehicle being driven erratically on Highway 400 on Saturday night just before midnight.

“Drivers called it in thinking it was an impaired driver because the vehicle was all over the highway,” Sgt. Schmidt said.

The vehicle was travelling northbound from Major Mackenzie Drive to King Road.

Police pursued the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over, instead travelling at half the speed limit before accelerating to well over the limit.

“Well over the speed limit, 120 or more km per hour,” Sgt. Schmidt said.

Police eventually managed to pull the vehicle over without incident.

“Shockingly it was an 11 year old kid who had just finished playing Grand Theft Auto at home and wanted to find out what it was like to drive a car,” adding it was a very dangerous stunt.

“Here we have an influence of a video game making kids try things without their parent’s knowledge or consent.”

Schmidt said the boy was returned to his parents custody.


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