8-year-old German boy goes on highway with mother's car

Victims of violent crime

Victims of violent crime

An eight-year-old German boy had to be rescued by police after taking his mother's auto on a 87mph joy ride down the autobahn.

The child, who is ten years younger than the German legal driving age, was found on the A44 motorway in a lay-by on Wednesday morning in the direction of Dortmund.

Police in Soest, Germany said Wednesday that the boy had left home with his parents' Volkswagen Golf overnight.

He hit his top speed while cruising on a highway in western Germany heading towards Dortmund on the A44 and the boy was found by police in a motorway lay-by, where he'd parked the auto and turned on the hazard lights.

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When confronted, the boy told officers he "just wanted to drive a little bit" but stopped the auto after he began to feel unwell.

When they spoke to him, he said that he began to feel "uncomfortable" when he hit 87 miles per hour (140 kph), and made a decision to stop.

The young boy's mother said that they had often driven go-carts and bumper cars and that the family had let him practise driving a real vehicle while he was on private property.

Police have confirmed no property or people were hurt during the incident.

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