4-year-old boy takes great-grandpa's SUV during morning rush hour to get candy

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A 4-year-old boy craving some candy was somehow able to hop into his great-grandfather’s SUV and make a mile-and-a-half trek during the morning rush hour in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

KMSP reports the boy, Sebastian, took off in the Hyundai Santa Fe at around 8:30 Tuesday morning. With his eyes barely able to see over the steering wheel,  he backed out of the driveway and headed through some winding neighborhood streets before making a left turn onto a busy four-lane road. 

Witnesses told police the boy drove erratically at speeds of 10 to 15 mph before getting the vehicle safely into a gas station parking lot where police quickly met him. 

“I’ve never seen a driver this young before operating a vehicle,” Capt. Mark Boerboom with the Blaine Police Department told the Minneapolis Fox station.

While navigating his candy run, Sebastian took out some mailboxes and dinged a tree. There was also a portion of the vehicle's bumper in a neighbor's house

The next day, Sebastian demonstrated how he pulled it off:  grabbing great-grandpa Roy's keys from the wall hook, bounding into the driver's seat when no one was looking, and taking off. 

Sebastian demonstrated how he pulled it off: Using great grandpa Roy’s walker to grab the keys from wall hooks, and, when no one was watching, he bounded into the driver’s seat and took off.

"He watches everything people do and he’ll repeat it," great-grandpa Roy Becker said. 


“It could’ve been very serious,” Becker said. “He could’ve hit a car. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt. We could be talking about a funeral.”