When an 8-year-old boy was craving McDonald’s, he got behind the wheel of his dad’s van and took it upon himself to go get that cheeseburger.
The Ohio boy brought his 4-year-old sister along for the ride and witnesses say that he obeyed all traffic laws while making sure to stop properly at red lights. According to Fox 5 News, the child even waited for traffic to pass before taking a left turn, and stayed within the speed limit.
“It was remarkable,” East Palestine Police Officer Jacob Koehler told InsideEdition.com Wednesday. “He got him and his sister to McDonald’s without hitting anything or running any red lights. I was expecting to get call after call about mailboxes being knocked over, stupid stuff like that. But he didn’t hit a single thing,” Koehler said.
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When the van pulled up at McDonald’s, the workers were convinced this was all a prank. “The workers thought that the parents were in the back, but obviously they weren’t,” responding patrolman Jacob Koehler told WFMJ.
Apparently, the boy had watched YouTube videos to learn how to drive ad took money from his piggy bank to pay for the food. “He said he and his sister looked up how to drive on YouTube,” Koehler said. “They waited until mom fell asleep and grabbed her keys.”
The boy was able to reach the pedals by standing up while driving, and Koehler says he was stunned that such a little boy was able to handle such a large vehicle. “This was a one-ton work van,” the officer said. “This thing was huge.”
Luckily, a customer at McDonald’s recognized the children and called their grandparents. Police called their parents, and all family members rushed to the restaurant.
“I’m not sure there are any words to accurately describe their reactions,” Koehler said. When the little boy saw the cops pull up, he burst into tears, aware that he had done something wrong. He did not get into any trouble with the law, and no charges were filed.
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