According to Ohio police, an 8-year-old boy was craving a McDonald’s cheeseburger so bad that he took matters into his own hands and hopped behind the wheel of his dad’s van.
To him, it was simple – he just watched a few videos on YouTube and, presto! He could drive. Investigators said they found the boy and his four-year-old sister a mile-and-a-half away from his East Palestine home. His parents were asleep at the time.
Witnesses claim that the boy obeyed all traffic laws, including stopping at red lights and yielding before a left-hand turn. Fox 5 reports that the 8-year-old also stayed within the speed limits on his mile-and-a-half excursion.
But once the little boy and his partner in crime arrived at the drive-through window, piggy bank ready, workers were convinced they were being pranked.
“The workers thought that the parents were in the back, but obviously they weren’t,” patrolman Jacob Koehler told WFMJ.
When the police confronted the young boy, he suddenly realized he’d done something wrong and told Koehler through teary eyes that he just really wanted a cheeseburger.
“I think there is a good teaching point here. With the way technology is anymore kids will learn how to do anything and everything. This kid learned how to drive on YouTube. He probably looked it up for five minutes and then said it was time to go,” Koehler told The Weirton Daily Times.
Koehler went on to say that he was quite impressed with the boy’s driving abilities.
“He didn’t hit a single thing on the way there. It was unreal,” he added.
The little boy and girl did eventually get a cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, and French fries while waiting for their grandparents to arrive and take them to the police station.
“A friend of the family saw what was going on and called the grandparents,” Koehler said.
The children were later rescued by their parents at the police station. No charges were filed.
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