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2017-04-13 11:45

THE CRAVING HAS SPOKEN: A hungry 8-year-old boy drove his 4-year-old sister to McDonald's for cheeseburgers when their parents were asleep. Image: YouTube


A teenager has been arrested for leading police on a car chase through Michigan. The boy, 13, was driving a Nissan Altima with his 8-year-old sister in the passenger seat.

Ohio — A craving for a McDonald's cheeseburger apparently prompted an 8-year-old Ohio boy to take his 4-year-old sister for a ride in his dad's van, which he learned to drive on the internet.

Police Officer Jacob Koehler tells WJW-TV in Cleveland the father went to bed and the mother fell asleep on the couch with the kids.

Koehler says witnesses saw the boy driving and called police in the city, about 145km southeast of Cleveland. He says the boy drove about a mile to the restaurant, through intersections and over railroad tracks, without mishap.

Witnesses say the boy appeared to obey traffic laws. 

According to the video below, the boy drove about 1.6km from his home, baby sister in tow, to the only McDonald's in heir town. Witnesses says the boy drove through four intersections, and had to make a few right hand turns. 

Koehler says the boy told him he learned to drive by watching YouTube videos.

No charges have been filed.

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