Friday, March 13, 2009

13-year-old caught driving 85 mph

TAUPIRI, New Zealand, March 9 (UPI) -- A 13-year-old boy was caught driving almost 85 mph while his father slept in the passenger's seat, officials in New Zealand said.

The Dominion Post reported Monday that the boy told police he thought he was going the speed limit as he traveled Friday on State Highway 1B near Taupiri.

His father has been charged with aiding and abetting an unlicensed driver.

The newspaper said the pair were returning home from a school camp but an onset of gout had made the father's foot too sore for him to drive.

"He tried to pass himself off as his older brother but slipped up trying to spell the brother's middle name," an official said. "And he thought he was traveling at the appropriate speed but admitted he didn't know what that was."


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