German eight-year-old takes 140km/h joyride on motorway

A photograph of German police officers standing by the side of a motorway at nightImage copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption The boy pulled over at a motorway lay-by and placed a small warning triangle behind the car

An eight-year-old in Germany stole his parents car for a 140km/h (87mph) motorway joyride, police have said.

The child was found on the on an A44 motorway lay-by early on Wednesday morning heading toward the city of Dortmund.

He had put the hazard warning lights on and placed a small warning triangle behind the car.

Once found, police said the boy told them: “I just wanted to drive a little.”

The child’s mother informed police at about 00:25 local time (22:25 GMT) that their son had driven off in the family’s automatic VW Golf from their home in the western town of Soest.

He had previously driven cars on private property, and regularly rides bumper cars and go-karts.

At around 01:15, the mother told the authorities she had found her child at a motorway lay-by on the A44 heading towards Dortmund. He said he had pulled over after his high-speed jaunt made him feel unwell.

When officers arrived at the scene, the boy reportedly burst into tears.

No property or people were hurt during the late night excursion, police confirmed.

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