BUFFALO, N.Y. — A mom is glad her son is safe after he took her car on a joy ride. Eight-year-old Andrew Letts went on quite an adventure recently when he decided to swipe his mom’s keys and drive around town.
“I wanted to be just like my mom,” Letts said.
His mom, April Haynes was in the shower and had no idea that her son had taken off at 6 a.m.
“Got out and ran downstairs to Andrew’s room to get him up and ready for school and he was gone,” Haynes said. “His room was trashed, I thought he was kidnapped.”
Haynes then called 911 in a panic.
“I was running around screaming and crying, calling his name over and over again running everywhere, screaming Andrew, Andrew where are you?” she said.
The boy faced some unexpected obstacles including rush hour traffic so he decided he wanted to turn back but had some trouble navigating the streets.
“When I was trying to come up, come into the street, I got really scared because I jumped the curb,” Letts said.
Police Capt. Jim Speyer said Andrew ran over a stop sign, hit a hydrant and crashed into a neighbor’s yard.
“I don’t think he fully understood the ramifications and the seriousness of him taking that car for a ride,” Capt. Speyer said.
He was close to home when the accident happened. Letts says he realizes what he did was very dangerous.
The boy’s parents plan to keep the car keys out of sight in an effort to keep him from acting on impulse again.