Canadian police pulled over an 11-year-old boy who was found chauffeuring his 68-year-old neighbour while out on an errand run this week.
According to CBC news, Hamilton police pulled over “a very young looking” male driver around 8.30pm on Monday evening after they became suspicious of his youthful appearance.
After stopping the vehicle, the officers learned that the young motorist was driving the elderly lady to help assist her with “an array of errands”.
Police discovered that the woman had taught her young neighbour to drive, despite the fact that Ontarians have to be at least 16-years-old to apply for a driver’s license.
Constable Debbie McGreal-Dinning from Hamilton Police Service, told CBC Hamilton: “The young boy was upset and thought he was in trouble. The female exited the passenger side and couldn’t understand what the issue was. She stated that he has been driving the car for two years.”
CBC Hamilton reported that police only reacted to the age of the driver, and not how he was doing on the road. Officers say the boy was clearly experienced behind the wheel, as he’d been driving for two years having learnt to drive at the age of nine.
Constable McGreal-Dinning added: “They didn’t pull the car over because of the way the vehicle was operating. They just observed the fact that the driver looked young.”
She said that the boy’s parents were aware of their son’s friendship with their neighbour, but they had no idea that he had been driving.
The elderly lady has been served with two provisional offence notices. One for permitting an unlicensed person to drive and the other for having no insurance.
The former charge also carries a $385 fine.
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