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Dutch police detain brothers, 5 and 7, after crash

Last Updated: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 18:38

The Hague: Dutch police on Saturday briefly detained two brothers aged five and seven who crashed a car after a mile-long joyride.

"A police patrol this morning saw a car with the doors open and two young boys stood next to it," in Bloemendael, west of Amsterdam, police spokeswoman Lenny Beijerbergen told AFP.

"The seven-year-old boy told police that he had driven the car around one-and-a-half kilometres (one mile), hit a metal post on the pavement and come to a standstill," Beijerbergen said.

A policeman tweeted a photo of the crash scene, saying that the car belonged to the boys` grandmother.
The photo, which was quickly removed from Twitter, showed the boys, the car and the uprooted post in a residential street strewn with debris from the car.

"At least I had my seat belt on! And my brother was in the child`s seat," the seven-year-old driver said when police turned up, national news agency ANP reported.

"The boys were taken to the police station, given a talking to and made aware of what they`ve done," Beijerbergen said.

"Then they were taken home. Thankfully they were both unhurt."
She said there was considerable damage to the car and the pavement.

"This is really quite remarkable, I`ve never seen anything like it, seven is very young," Beijerbergen said.


First Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 18:38
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