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Germany: Nine-year-old boy nabs parents' car for joyride to local fair

A young boy was stopped by German police after he used his parents' car to drive to a local fair. Propped up by his booster seat, the boy was barely able to see over the steering wheel, but managed to walk away unharmed.

A young child pretends to drive a car (Fotolia/SerrNovik)

While this child is only pretending, Recklinghausen police said the nine-year-old driver actually used his booster seat to drive

After sneaking out of the bathroom window and nabbing the keys to his parents' car, a nine-year-old boy's joyride was cut short on Friday after police pulled the young driver over.

Police in the western German town of Recklinghausen said they approached the car at about 2:00 a.m. local time (0000 UTC) after realizing a child was behind the wheel.

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"The boy placed his booster seat in the driver's seat and could just barely look over the steering wheel," local police said in a statement.

Besides the car seat, the nine-year-old was helped by the car's automatic transmission. "The boy didn't have to change gears or operate the clutch," a police spokesperson told German news outlet "RP Online."

When questioned, the boy said he was on his way home after driving to a local fair. 

Police said they couldn't determine exactly where the young driver stopped on his night out.

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The young boy was luckily unharmed during his late night joyride.

His parents' car also came away from the event with only minimal damage to a side mirror.

According to police, the unexperienced driver must have driven into a hedge while parking, as some of the hedge's leaves were still stuck to the damaged mirror.

rs/aw (AFP, dpa)

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