Runaway boy, 13, drives father's car across Europe
AFPROME--A 13-year-old boy ran away from his adoptive parents in Italy, taking his father's Mercedes and driving 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles) towards his native Poland before being stopped in Germany.
January 13, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The boy — a go-kart enthusiast — managed to pass motorway toll booths and cross two international borders in his two-day drive across northern Italy, Austria and half of Germany.
“He looks like a 16-year-old, but still! He managed to fuel up and pass two borders. It's just incredible,” Eleonora Spadati, head of local Carabinieri police in Montebelluna in northeast Italy where the boy ran from, told AFP on Saturday.
Spadati said the boy missed Poland and wanted to see his biological sister.
Just before leaving on Thursday with just 200 euros (around US$270) in his pocket and a passport, he had also argued with his parents after they confiscated his mobile phone as a punishment for topping up its credit without their consent.