Three-year-old joyrider crashes family car

July 25, 2014 | By | In Advice

A toddler in West Sussex took his family’s car for a spin and ended up crashing into a pub garden, escaping with just a bumped head this week.

The three-year-old boy jumped behind the wheel and managed to start the engine of his parents’ automatic car, guiding it along the long driveway of his family’s home in Henley, near Midhurst on Wednesday. The youngster drove across two banks before coming to a halt in the garden of a nearby 16th Century pub, the Telegraph reports.

The boy unlocked the Subaru Impreza vehicle, which is an automatic, started it and drove it down the driveway, down two embankments and ended up in the garden of the Duke of Cumberland Arms pub.

Police were called to the accident just before 8am on Wednesday and stated that the three-year-old had got away with just a slight bump to the head. Reports claim that the toddler avoided hitting any members of the public and had not been close to ending up on any main roads.

A spokesman from Sussex Police said: "The boy unlocked the Subaru Impreza vehicle, which is an automatic, started it and drove it down the driveway, down two embankments and ended up in the garden of the Duke of Cumberland Arms pub,” the Telegraph reports.

The spokesperson continued: “He suffered a slight bump to the head after hitting it on the steering wheel. An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital to be checked out. No one else was hurt, although the car was damaged."

It is believed that the owners of the pub – which was named Pub of the Year in the 2012 Good Food Guide’s Editors’ Choice Awards – were away at the time of the incident.

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