Norwegian 10-year-old drives off with second car in two weeks

OSLO Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:58am EST

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OSLO (Reuters) - A 10-year-old Norwegian boy who took his parents' car for a joyride last week, claiming he was a dwarf who forgot his driver's license, has hit the road again.

This time he took off in the car of a relative the family was visiting and managed to drive about 30 km (19 miles) before stopping, local police said on Thursday.

When the parents realized what happened, they phoned police who sent out messages over Twitter and traffic radio asking the public for help. The boy eventually stopped and a bystander took his keys away, police said.

The boy caused a stir last week in Dokka, his hometown about 110 km north of Oslo, when he loaded his 18-month-old sister in the family car and drove off to visit their grandparents 60 km away, only to drive into a snowy ditch after 10 km.

Police had considered the case closed. But they were not so forgiving about the second incident and have reported the family to child services.

"Nobody was injured, but that was more due to luck than anything else," Baard Christiansen, a spokesman for the Vest Oppland police, told Reuters. "The adults around the boy must take responsibility now before a tragedy occurs.

"It is scary and very sad that he is allowed to keep going on like this," he said.

(Reporting by Joachim Dagenborg; Writing by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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Comments (5)
Burns0011 wrote:
Gasp. Telling the family that they have to keep a child under close supervision before he causes a tragedy? Unthinkable in the USA!

Or more accurately, impossible. I’m glad that Norway has the population and the resources to handle this in a sensible way; the USA has the problem of scale. There’s simply too many people, too many families, across too large an area for any law enforcement agency to keep up with the need.

Feb 20, 2014 12:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Burns0011 wrote:
Gasp. Telling the family that they have to keep a child under close supervision before he causes a tragedy? Unthinkable in the USA!

Or more accurately, impossible. I’m glad that Norway has the population and the resources to handle this in a sensible way; the USA has the problem of scale. There’s simply too many people, too many families, across too large an area for any law enforcement agency to keep up with the need.

Feb 20, 2014 12:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:
I agree Burns, but, that’s only part of the equation………

In the good ol’ USA it’s more of a cultural thing. “I can be stupid and a p.i.a. if I want to” mentality. Little shame or pride exists and it’s always ‘someone’ else’s fault’.

The human condition is such, only the culture we export is becoming a bit over the top and tiresome.

Time to step back and read a bit of Twain’s “Letters From the Earth” to get a better perspective. It is timeless.

Feb 20, 2014 1:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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