London, Mar 19 (ANI): A five-year-old British boy is said to have stolen his father's 4x4 and driven for more than four miles along country lanes and a dual carriageway before finally crashing into a wall.
Motorists were surprised to see the high-powered Mitsubishi Shogun automatic being driven at low speed, with only the top of the child's head visible.
The little boy drove along a dual carriageway section of the A27 from Tangmere towards Chichester before turning north on the A285, he passed Goodwood airfield, home to a motor racing track, before turning down a country road called Pook Lane.
By the time his father discovered what happened and called the police from his home near Chichester, West Sussex, the little boy had hit two parked cars, and dealt a passing motorist a glancing blow.
The Shogun finally hit a brick wall in the village of Lavant, just outside Chichester, after several drivers dialled 999 to report a car being driven "erratically".
A concerned driver, who had followed the Shogun, which typically comes with a 3.2 litre diesel engine, pulled the crying boy out of the vehicle and called police and an ambulance.
The boy was taken to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester as a precaution but was unhurt and was soon re-united with his family.
"This was a remarkable incident," the Telegraph quoted PC Mark Ryan of Sussex Police Road Policing Unit at Chichester as saying.
"The boy and other road-users clearly had a lucky escape because there's no doubt a serious collision could have happened at any stage," he said.
A West Sussex Police spokesman added: "I believe the boy was crying after he had the accident because he was a bit shaken but for a five year old he had driven quite well.
"We were first made aware just after 7am when several drivers called saying they had seen a Mitsubishi Shogun being driven by a small boy on roads east of Chichester.
"At almost the same time a distressed local man reported he had woken up and believed his 5-year old son had driven off a short while beforehand in their car, which is an automatic."
"It's a bizarre case and we are not taking action against anyone," he added. (ANI)