The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 12, 2013
 

Runaway boy, 13, drives father's Mercedes across Europe

 
 

ROME (AFP) - A 13-year-old boy ran away from his adoptive parents in Italy, taking his father's Mercedes and driving 1,000km towards his native Poland before being stopped in Germany.

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," Ms Eleonora Spadati, head of local Carabinieri police in Montebelluna in northeast Italy where the boy ran from, told AFP on Saturday.

Ms Spadati said the boy missed Poland and wanted to see his biological sister.