When a Utah state trooper decided to stop an “impaired driver,” he encountered something you don’t see every day. A 5-year-old boy was behind the wheel, and the unusual traffic stop was all captured on the dashcam video.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Morgan was watching for speeding drivers when he noticed a slow-moving vehicle swerving near Ogden on a Monday afternoon. The SUV was moving so erratically, the trooper thought the driver might be suffering a medical emergency, according to CBS News. Morgan decided to pull the car over since the operator of it obviously seemed to be impaired. What he discovered was not at all what he expected.
Although the driver didn’t initially respond when the officer turned on his flashing lights, as soon as Trooper Morgan hit the siren, the vehicle, which was heading southbound on Interstate 15, immediately pulled over. Morgan approached the SUV, expecting to find an “impaired driver.” Instead, he was greeted by a 5-year-old little boy named Adrian, who was heading into California, The Blaze reported.
“I approached the vehicle and I was expecting to find somebody who needed an ambulance or paramedics,” Trooper Morgan recalled. When the window came down, the officer said he actually found “a very underaged driver who was behind the wheel.” The sight left Morgan baffled. “Where did you come from? How did you get this car?” he’s heard asking the boy in the dashcam video of the incident.
Adrian’s answers didn’t exactly clear things up very much. According to the little boy, who had to sit on the edge of the driver’s seat to reach the pedals, he was on his way to California to buy a Lamborghini. There was just one problem — besides the obvious issue that he was only 5-years-old. Adrian only had $3 in his wallet.
According to KUTV, Adrian’s parents were at work and his 16-year-old sister, Sidney Estrada, had been left in charge of watching her little brother. When Sidney fell asleep, Adrian seized the opportunity to grab the keys to his family’s Dodge Journey as his sister napped. He got behind the wheel, fired up the vehicle, and then drove two miles through downtown Ogden before getting onto Interstate 15, where Trooper Morgan pulled him over.
However, Adrian’s recollection of events was slightly different. He told the police that he took the family car after having an argument with his mom. During the argument, Adrian said his mother told him she was not going to buy him a Lamborghini, obviously upsetting the boy. “He decided he’d take the car and go to California to buy one himself,” Utah High Patrol explained in a post on Twitter, adding, “He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet.”
Thanks to Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Morgan, Adrian didn’t get too far. After being pulled over, officers were able to reunite the youngster with his family members, who were in disbelief. “I saw that the truck was gone, and he was gone, and the keys were gone,” Adrian’s sister Sidney recalled. “I don’t know what went through his mind,” she added. “How does a little 5-year-old, 11 years younger than me, do it, and I can’t?”
Adrian’s family said that, although he’s always loved cars, he has never driven before and they have no idea how the boy knew how to operate the vehicle. What they do know, however, is that they will never leave the keys out in the open again, where he can reach them. As for the rest of us, let this serve as a reminder to never underestimate a child and what they are capable of doing. Where there is a will, there’s a way, and Adrian proved that without a doubt.