A five-year-old boy from Utah who was caught by police driving his parents’ car down the freeway and who told police he was on his way to buy a Lamborghini has been given a ride in the real thing.
Adrian Zamarripa, who turns 6 next month, was pulled over by a state trooper on Monday who was shocked to find the young boy sitting behind the wheel of the car. His feet were barely able to reach the pedals.
Trooper Rick Morgan noticed an SUV driving erratically and swerving between lanes on a freeway in Ogden, Utah just before noon on Monday.
On Tuesday, a sympathetic neighbor in the town of Ogden, Utah, Jeremy Neves, decided to give the boy, Adrian Zamarripa, a joyride in his own Lamborghini
Neves said he felt encouraged by the kid’s story and wanted to show the child that his dreams were within reach. Sweet photos from the encounter show the boy smiling broadly
Morgan thought the driver must have been suffering a medical emergency, but when he pulled over the car he found the youngster sitting in the driving seat and who could barely see over the steering wheel.
However, the story caught the imagination of a neighbor who allowed him to take a ride in his own Lamborghini – only this time, in the passenger seat.
Pictures show the youngster grinning from ear to ear as he was given the ride of his life through his own neighborhood.
Adrian grinned from ear to ear as he was given a joy ride up and down his street by a fellow sports car aficionado.
Adrian Zamarripa hugs Jeremy Neves after Adrian and his mother, Beatriz Flores, went for a ride in Neves’ Lamborghini Huracan in Ogden, Utah
Adrian Zamarripa touches the front of Jeremy Neves’ Lamborghini Huracan in Ogden, Utah. One day, he hoped to own one himself but needs to wait another 12 years before he can even get his license
Lamborghini owner Jeremy Neves said he felt encouraged by the kid’s story.
‘He had the courage to just go after what he wanted, you know?’ said Neves. ‘He didn’t have the skill set, let alone the size to drive a vehicle, and he figured it out.
‘Maybe he’s getting punished, maybe he’s grounded, maybe he’s got some chores to do. I can relate to that. At the same time, I thought it would be really cool to say, ‘Your dreams aren’t as far away as you think they are.’
Adrian didn’t say much else during his encounter but appeared to have fun as he got to inspect the car before being taken for a ride.
After it was all over, the pair hugged in what was an emotional moment.
‘He’s always talked about wanting a Lamborghini, and now he got a chance to ride in one,’ said his sister Sidney Estrada. ‘I’m glad that after all the fear our own family put in him, that he got to live his dream.’
A Utah Highway Patrol officer was shocked to find a five-year-old boy behind the wheel of a his parents’ car, an SUV, during a traffic stop on Monday
Speaking about the initial incident on Monday Trooper Morgan expressed amazement that the child didn’t end up crashing his parents car.
‘My speedometer showed 32 miles-per-hour,’ Morgan told Fox 13. ‘It amazed me that when he heard my siren, he pulled over and stopped.’
‘When I got to the window and the window came down, I wasn’t quite sure what to think.
‘It was pretty clear when the window came down, it was a young, very underage driver… It absolutely was not what I was expecting,’ the trooper said.
Dash cam footage shows the car careening across three lanes on the highway.
The officer asked the boy where he had been driving to.
‘California,’ Adrian replied. Police say he had been trying to reach his sister’s house in California, and had planned to buy a Lamborghini when he got there, with the three dollars in his pocket.
The five-year-old told troopers he had left the house after an argument with his sister, who fell asleep while she was babysitting him. He then took the keys to his parents’ car and drove off.
The boy drove for several miles from his Ogden home before he was pulled over.
‘It likely would have been much worse had he gone much further,’ Morgan told the Deseret News.
‘He was sitting on the front edge of his seat so he could reach the brake pedal.’
A Utah Highway Patrol officer was shocked to find a five-year-old boy behind the wheel of a car during a traffic stop
The visibly shaken-up boy, who was ‘on the verge of tears’, was eventually reunited with his parents.
‘Because he almost started to cry, I think the realization that something wasn’t quite right probably hit him,’ Morgan said late Monday. ‘I do think he’s probably had a life’s lesson.’
The boy’s father, Joel Zamarripa, said still does not understand how the boy learned to drive or managed to pull away from the family’s home and onto busy roads.
‘I don’t know how,’ he said to the newspaper.
Trooper Morgan suspects the child may have secretly driven on the roads before.
‘I hope by the time he gets a Lambo, he’ll be able to handle faster than 32,’ Morgan joked.