The young boy was reportedly sitting on the edge of his seat to reach the brake pedal when a highway patrol trooper found him.
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper recently had a day he's unlikely to forget any time soon when he found a 5-year-old behind the wheels of a badly swerving SUV. Trooper Rick Morgan initially thought the driver of the car ahead was in need of medical attention as the vehicle kept weaving across lanes at 30mph and was understandably shook when he found a little boy in the driver's seat. The story of the young lad's joy ride got even more intriguing as he revealed that he was on his way to California to buy himself a Lamborghini. Kids these days, am I right?
According to CBS News, the bizarre incident occurred on Interstate 15 in Ogden earlier this week. "I approached the vehicle and I was expecting to find somebody who needed an ambulance or paramedics," revealed Morgan. He added that as soon as the window came down, it was pretty clear that it was "a very underaged driver who was behind the wheel." The young boy named Adrian was reportedly sitting on the edge of his seat to reach the brake pedal when Morgan found him two miles away from his home in his family's car.
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
"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," he told CNN affiliate KSL-TV. "I helped him get the car into park, shut the vehicle down and then we started to look for means to contact his parents." Dashboard camera footage released by the Utah Highway Patrol shows the moment the police spotted the vehicle. "How old are you? You're 5 years old?" Morgan can be heard asking the boy in the footage "Wow... Where did you learn to drive a car?"
Adrian initially told Morgan that he was headed to his sister's house in California. However, he told another trooper he wanted to buy a Lamborghini when he got there, flashing the three whole dollars he had in his wallet to purchase his dream car. Troopers soon got a hold of Adrian's family and learned that both parents were at work at the time and that a sibling was supposed to have been watching the boy. UHP Lt. Nick Street revealed that officials were informed by the family that Adrian had gotten upset with his mother at some point earlier when she wouldn't let him buy a Lamborghini.
This kid has HAD it with quarantine 🤣 pic.twitter.com/XO65kRi7LI— Faith Heaton Jolley (@FaithHJolley) May 4, 2020
The boy's parents claimed Adrian had never driven before and that they've never had to face any situation like this. Lt. Street said that 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. Speaking to reporters, Morgan recalled that the child was upset and almost on the verge of tears when he caught up to him. "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," said Street.
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, the Utah Highway Patrol wrote on Twitter. His story is that he left home after an argument with Mom, in which she told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini. He decided he'd take the car and go to California to buy one himself. He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet.