It will take a decade to do it again.
German police say an 8-year-old boy drove his mother's Volkswagen Golf joystick down a highway near their Soest home, but was found safe at a roadside rest stop after his mother reported it. disappeared.
"I just wanted to drive a little," he told police.
Police said the boy parked the car, turned on the hazard lights and showed a reflective warning triangle. Speaking to him, he said he was starting to feel "uncomfortable" when he was hitting 87 mph and decided to stop.
According to his mother, the boy's previous experience was driving privately owned street cars and driving carts and armored vehicles.
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The legal driving age in Germany is 18 and requires a comprehensive training program that includes an eight-hour first aid course.
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No damage or injury is reported in the incident and police do not disclose whether charges have been filed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report