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6-year-old takes family car, tests video game knowledge on the road

Posted on January 6, 2009 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

A 6-year-old boy from Virginia somehow managed to get the keys to his family’s car and take a drive to his school on Monday (and put his experience of driving in video games to the test).

The boy, whose name has yet to be released, missed his bus but was still intent on arriving to school somehow. With knowledge of driving from Grand Theft Auto and Monster Truck Jam in mind, the boy drove a 2005 Ford Taurus about six miles towards his school and completed a few 90-degree turns before crashing.

Miraculously, the boy suffered just minor injuries. The poor kid, who seemed almost hellbent on completing his mission, began walking to school after he exited the car. County Sheriff Chuck Wilkins said, “When he got out of the car, he started walking to school. He did not want to miss breakfast and PE.” After crashing, the boy told police that his “driving experience” came from playtime of Grand Theft Auto and Monster Truck Jam video games. Isn’t it a bit strange that the boy’s parents allowed their 6-year-old to play an M-rated game?

Although he missed breakfast and perhaps PE as well, the boy was able to return to school after he was checked at a local hospital for injuries.

The story isn’t so bright for the boy’s parents. His mother and father were charged with child endangerment. The mother was asleep when the boy grabbed the keys and drove off on his adventure. As of now, the boy and his 4-year-old brother have been placed in protective custody.

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