A pajama-clad 4-year-old Dutch boy has been likened to a Formula One star after taking his mom’s car for a joyride — before crashing into two parked vehicles.
The pint-sized thrill-seeker woke up Saturday in Utrecht and grabbed his mother’s car keys “to go for a drive” after his dad went to work, police said on Instagram.
They titled the post “New Max Verstappen discovered in Overvecht,” referring to the 2021 Belgian-Dutch Formula One world champ.
But “this mini boy-racer’s adventure ended with a fizzle,” police added.
Concerned passers-by called authorities after spotting the boy wandering through the streets alone in the cold, the BBC reported.
A car was soon reported abandoned nearby after it struck two parked vehicles. Cops determined that the car was registered to the boy’s mother.
“She explained that her son was ‘highly enterprising’,” police said, according to the Guardian.
“She spoke to the child on the phone, and we saw him imitate a collision and make a steering movement with his hands. This made us suspect he might have been driving,” police added.
Officers took the boy and his mom to the abandoned car. The dad joined them at the scene later.
“At the car, we asked the child if he could show us how it worked,” Utrecht police said on Instagram.
“He opened the car, and put the key in the ignition. He started the car, moved his left foot to the clutch, and hit the accelerator,” they added.
The tyke was given some hot chocolate an d a teddy bear at the police station before being reunited with his mom.