Be always careful with the stories you tell your son about becoming a hot dude if you’re driving a Lamborghini.
A report by Ktla.com on Monday tells the story of a 5-year-old Utah boy who got himself and his family in trouble after the kid got behind the wheel of his parents’ SUV and drove his way into a freeway before a trooper caught up with him.
The trooper was probably more amused than shocked at what the boy told him: he was upset that his mother wouldn’t buy him a Lamborghini and with the little money that he had, he wanted to drive to his sister’s residence California and purchase one himself.
Here’s the rest of the story:
After leaving Ogden, which is north of Salt Lake City, the child’s ambitious journey came to an abrupt end about two miles from home when his erratic driving caught a trooper’s attention on the southbound 15 Freeway shortly before noon, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
After witnessing the driver swerving through lanes on the interstate in Weber County, the trooper initiated the traffic stop, thinking he was pulling over someone experiencing a medical emergency or perhaps an impaired driver.
The SUV’s speed was a little above 30 mph at the time.
“I hit my siren and the car did immediately pull over the left. I approached the vehicle and I was expecting to find somebody who needed an ambulance or paramedics,” the trooper recalled during a news conference. “And it was pretty clear when the window came down that it was a young, very underage driver.”
Inside the SUV, the boy was sitting on the edge of the driver’s seat so he could reach the pedals, according to the trooper. He had to help the child put the vehicle into park and shut it off.
Distraught and near tears, the 5-year-old explained he had quarreled with his mother because she refused to purchase the Lamborghini, officials said.
So with cash in tow, he decided to drive to his sister’s residence in California and then go himself to buy the treasured luxury car.
The Highway Patrol did not say where exactly the sister lived but noted the boy was going in the right direction. The southbound 15 leads in to San Bernardino County and winds down to San Diego.
However, even if he had gotten to his intended destination, the child would have faced a major hurdle at any dealership: lack of funds to purchase the car, which normally retails for six-figures.
Troopers found the boy with $3 in his wallet — just a little bit “short on the purchase amount,” the agency tweeted.
His parents were called to the scene, where they took custody of their son as well as the car, according to officials.
“I do think he’s probably had a life’s lesson today and I don’t think we’ll see him in this situation again soon,” the trooper said.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.