Toddler caught driving Power Wheels toy car on highway
Jerry Seinfeld has a joke about Florida drivers over the age of retirement – “They drive slow, they sit low.”
On Wednesday morning a toddler took the punch line to a whole new level.
At approximately 9:23 am on Wednesday, a three-year-old boy was stopped while driving a motorized big wheel down the centre of a busy highway in Crystal River, Fla.
The joy ride soon came to an end after stunned motorists pulled the boy over.
Citrus County police say the Good Samaritans were able to bring the Power Wheels toy car to a stop by using their vehicles to corner the boy and create a blockade to protect the toddler from oncoming traffic.
The boy was found wearing a diaper, t-shirt, and had a blanket.
“I was shocked,” said Danny Collins, who snapped photos of the incident.
“That’s why I took the pictures. I was like nobody’s going to believe this. Could have ended a lot differently if not for the people who stopped.”
Authorities returned the boy to his father, after the dad arrived at the scene on bicycle 10 minutes later.
According to Collins, the father claimed the boy snuck out of the house while he was in the bathroom.
In an interview, Collins said the father told him the boy was alone in the living room, and escaped by using a chair to reach a lock to the front door.
The father says when he exited the bathroom and noticed the front door was open, he immediately began searching for the child.
When he was unable to locate his son on the home’s property, he jumped on his bicycle and headed towards the highway.
The names of the father and son are not being released because the case remains under investigation.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident.
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