Boy (10) held after Maserati joyride

2012-01-11 14:27

Hong Kong police briefly detained a 10-year-old American boy who took his father’s Maserati Gran Turismo coupe out for a spin.

The boy grabbed the keys from an unlocked drawer in the family’s flat near central Hong Kong, revved the engine and drove off in the two-door car, the South China Morning Post said.

He hit a vehicle in the car park but continued driving the car – for which his businessman father paid HK$1.6 million (about R1.7 million) in 2009 – for another 300 metres down a busy road before he stopped and a passer-by called the police.

“Police arrested the 10-year-old for driving without a licence and taking a conveyance without authority under the theft ordinance,” a police spokesperson told AFP, adding that the boy was released on police bail.

The boy was required to report back to the police station later this month. Police said there was no indication he was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the South China Morning Post report said.

The offence carries a maximum punishment of seven years’ imprisonment and a fine but a police source told the Post that he was unlikely to be charged because of his age.

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