Child steals grandmother's car after learning to drive from videogames

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A 12-year-old boy from St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, was stopped by border police while attempting to cross into the United States in his grandmother's stolen Nissan Altima.

Constable Derek Watson of the Niagara Regional Police, said that the grandmother had heard her car start before she witnessed it exit the driveway and speed off into the distance. "She looked for her keys and noticed them missing from her jacket pocket," Constable Watson told the Toronto Sun.

Police then issued a description of the car and driver to all agencies in the area and it wasn't long before staff at U.S Border Patrol spotted the tiny driver attempting to enter the United States via the Niagara's Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

The unnamed tearaway had driven around 12.5 miles towards the border without incident, tackling busy motorway sections and avoiding the authorities.

Police revealed that the boy had apparently learnt to drive thanks to driving games and simulators he played on his home consoles.

This isn't the first time an underage driver has snuck out in their parent's vehicle. Tragedy struck in Phoenix, Arizona last summer when an eight-year-old boy took his six-year-old sister on a late-night joyride.

Police believed the young boy had taken the keys to his mother's vehicle and driven his little sister around the local area.

The authorities attempted to stop the young boy but he lost control of the car and crashed into a pole, killing his little sister.