Joyrider, 10, unlikely to be charged

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2012, 12:00am


A 10-year-old American boy just could not resist the temptation - and now he finds himself in hot water.

His dad's white Maserati was parked downstairs and he knew where the keys were.

The boy grabbed them from an unlocked drawer in the family's Kennedy Road, Wan Chai, apartment at 5pm on Monday.

He sneaked out of the flat without the family's domestic helper noticing and headed downstairs to the estate's car park - and the Gran Turismo. His 44-year-old businessman father bought the Italian sports car for HK$1.6 million in 2009.

The boy jumped in, revved the engine and drove off, but not before hitting a car in the car park.

The lad drove the two-door coupe downhill along Kennedy Road for about 300 metres before stopping in the outside lane at Wan Chai Polyclinic.

'It came as a surprise to passing motorists and passers-by,' a police officer said in what could be seen as an understatement.

One passer-by alerted police, jumped behind the wheel and moved the car back to the kerb.

The fun was over.

The boy was arrested for taking a car without authority and driving without a licence.

He was granted police bail and must report back to police at the end of the month. Police said it was likely he would escape prosecution because of his age.

But they would seek legal advice from the Department of Justice after completing their investigation.

A police officer said there was no indication to suggest that the boy was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Crime squad officers from Wan Chai police are investigating.

The incident comes after a couple were ordered to do 160 hours of community service and had their driving licences suspended for six months by a court in November for allowing their 18-month-old son to steer a car while sitting on his father's lap.