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12-year-old boy manages to drive car 800 miles across Australia before being stopped by police

By Mason White 2:53 PM May 9, 2017
Boy driving car (illustration)
Boy driving car (illustration)
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) A young boy stole his parents’ car and attempted to drive by himself across the country, according to police in Australia.

Highway Patrol arrested the 12-year-old in Broken Hill, after being seen driving along the Barrier Highway.

The boy, who was not identified, is facing charges of illegal use of a car, unlicensed driving and failing to pay for petrol. He was released from the police station to the custody of his parents.

According to the police investigation, the boy left his parents’ home to travel from Kendall to Perth, which is a journey of 2,500 miles.

It takes 40 hours to drive across the country. The boy managed to drive 800 miles before being stopped by police. The boy’s parents reported him missing around 11:00 a.m. on Friday.

He was stopped by police on Saturday around 12:00 p.m., after officers noticed the back bumper dragging along on the ground

Gas station manager Vamshi Reddy said that the boy, who looked to be 20 years old because he is 6 feet tall, bought gas and refueled the vehicle, but left without paying.

The boy did not reveal his motive for driving solo across the country.