7-Year-Old Steals Car to Avoid Going to Church [VIDEO]

Catherine Crawford

Every Sunday morning for the first 18 years of my life I was expected to go to church with my family. If I had a Sunday soccer game that might interfere, I had to arrange for the Saturday evening mass or the 7:30 a.m. I HATED IT.

I tried a lot of things to get out of going, including creating imitation barf in the blender and pretending to have a soccer game so that I could go to an earlier service unattended --- and slip out undetected.

When I saw a video of a 7-year-old in Utah, so desperate to get out of going to church that he swiped his dad’s car keys and ended up trying to outrun a cop, I kind of understood.

But, no way would I have had the balls or the skills that this kid has at such a young age.

Watch the video after the jump.

Cute is not a word that usually comes to mind when I watch a real-life car chase, but knowing that this driver is only 7, I can’t help it. My oldest is 6 and a half, and I cannot begin to imagine her behind the wheel for a long, long time. She can’t really even handle an arcade game. I’ve a hunch that this kid has played a lot of Grand Theft Auto and perhaps taken in more than a couple episodes of COPS. 

But the church-dodger, whose name is Preston, is impressive. In fact, he drives a lot better than a lot of 35-year-olds I know. 

When I stop gushing about Preston’s surprising expertise, I find myself painfully relieved that the little guy was able to bring the car home (where he ran to hide in the basement ---- adorable). And then my feelings turn to terror. You never know what is out there on the streets.

I found this other video of a father actually coaching his 7-year-old on the open road.

This scares me more than The Shining. People, children belong in the back seat, preferably in a booster!

What do you think of these 7-year-old drivers?


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