A 12-year-old boy who nicked the family car and drove 1300km across Australia will receive a caution, police say.
The boy set out from his home at Kendall near Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of New South Wales on Friday and was stopped in Broken Hill when cops noticed the car’s bumper dragging on the ground.
He was about a third of the way to his destination of Perth, where he planned to see relatives.
The boy had filled up the car at a service station in Cobar and left without paying, according to the servo manager who said the boy looked around 19 or 20.
He was arrested and taken to Broken Hill police station, where he was interviewed regarding the illegal use of a car, unlicensed driving and failing to pay for petrol.
Police confirmed today he won’t be charged though.
“He will be issued a caution under the Young Offenders Act for the offences,” Detective Inspector Kim Fehon said, according to the Guardian.
He has been released to his parents.