Blaine, MN- A 4-year-old boy, Sebastian took his great-grandfather’s car for a ride Tuesday morning for some candy.
Sebastian took the car keys of his great-grandfather’s Hyundai Sante Fe off a walk hook, hopped in the driver’s seat, and went to a Speedyway gas station 1.5 miles away.
He took a winding route through the neighborhood before turning onto a very busy thoroughfare during rush hour traffic, despite the fact that he could barely see over the steering wheel.
“I’ve never seen a driver this young before operating a vehicle,” said Captain Mark Boerboom of the Blaine Police Department.
The cops were dispatched to the store after getting reports of a child driving erratically at around 15 miles per hour on the busy road before pulling into the gas station parking lot. Sebastian hit a few mailboxes and bumped into a tree, it he made it all the way there without injuring anyone else. When he was asked why he drove to the gas station, he said he just wanted some Reese’s.
As you can imagine, the incident scared the bejesus out of Sebastians' family, who are still grappling with the fact that this story could have ended very differently.
“Panic, anxiety,” described Jenna Swenson, Sebastian’s mother, after realizing what happened. “A little of almost all the emotions going on...trying to calculate what happened.” From now on his family plans to keep a closer eye on him, and the car keys locked away.