A 4-year-old boy in the Netherlands took his mother’s car for a drive before crashing into two parked cars, police say.
Police in the central city of Utrecht were alerted when residents spotted a youngster walking in the street dressed only in pajamas and bare feet.
“We immediately responded, as bystanders were worried that the boy was suffering from hypothermia,” police write on Instagram.
As they arrived, officers received a second report of a nearby car accident involving three cars. The driver suspected of causing the accident was missing.
That car was registered to the boy’s mother, they say.
Police phoned the mother “and when she spoke to her son, he made noises resembling a car and used gestures showing turning a steering wheel,” police say.
“We then realized that the child may have been the driver.”
After a hot chocolate at the police station and some comfort from a teddy bear, the boy was reunited with his mum, police say.
The boy had woken up when his dad went to work and taken his mother’s car keys “to go for a drive,” police said.
The mother told police she had “quite a resourceful child,” while police warn the parents to hide their car keys in future.
“New Max Verstappen found in (the Utrecht suburb of) Overvecht,” police write on social media when reporting the incident, referring to the popular and current Dutch world champion Formula One driver.
“Fortunately, this mini driver’s adventure has come to an end with a sizzle,” the police write in their report.