- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2006

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy eager to get his driver’s license put on his seat belt and remembered to use his turn signal as he took his parents’ pickup truck for a spin, leading police on a slow pursuit around town.

Officers initially thought they were chasing a drunken driver in this town of 14,000, about 50 miles east of Nashville.

“He was weaving and all over the road. He couldn’t stay in his lane,” Officer Josh Laverette said.

Instead, when the truck finally stopped after the seven-mile escapade, they found a second-grader, barely 4 feet tall, behind the wheel.

“He was so short he had to sit up close to the steering wheel,” Officer Laverette said. “Whenever he would brake, he would pick himself up with his left foot and stomp on the brake with his right.”

When authorities talked with him, “he said the reason he took the vehicle was because he wanted to get his license,” Officer Laverette said.

The boy was charged with driving without a license and eluding police. He faces a hearing in juvenile court.

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