An eight-year-old boy drove his younger sister to and from McDonald’s, having taken informal lessons on YouTube.
Americans normally start what is known as “drivers’ ed” at the age of 15, but this precocious youngster did not need classroom tuition.
He completed the journey without mishap, observing all the traffic lights and road signs, witnesses said.
How his feet reached the pedals is not explained.
Feeling peckish, the children decided not to disturb their sleeping parents. Instead they grabbed the car keys and made their own way to the fast food outlet in East Palestine, Ohio.
The child, who has not been named, had looked up how to drive on YouTube.
With his four-year-old sister in the passenger seat, he drove the van a mile and a half to McDonalds, making one right turn and going across four intersections.
Staff at the drive-through window could not believe their eyes and believed they were the victim of an elaborate practical joke.
Jake Koehler, the police officer who was called to deal with the young driver, told WKBN News that the boy wanted a cheeseburger.
“Honest to God, I’ve been a patrolman for two years and I don’t think I will have anything like this the rest of my career,” he added.
Police will not be filing any charges.