3-year-old crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons
MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. - Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.
Authorities say the 3-year-old boy wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage.
KVAL reports an officer later found the boy lounging on a couch watching TV as if nothing had happened.
It was actually the second time that day that officers had been to the boy's home. In the first incident, at about 9 a.m., an officer noticed the small blond lad sitting unattended in the black Jeep Wrangler outside his home.
After about 5 minutes of no adults coming out, the officer contacted the child and asked him where his parents were. The boy told the officer his parents were not home but that another relative was asleep in the house.
The officer woke up the 22-year-old relative and turned the child over to him. The relative was advised that the boy had the keys in the Jeep, and the vehicle was not secure.
So 10 hours later when police saw the Jeep resting where it had crashed and heard about the diapered driver leaving the scene, they knew right where to find the boy.
Police cited the 22-year-old relative for failing to supervise a child.