4-year-old drives great-grandfather's car to gas station for candy

A 4-year-old in Blaine, Minn., was so desperate for candy that he took his great-grandfather's car last Tuesday and made his way to a local gas station, according to KMSP

Around 8:30 that morning, Sebastian reportedly used Roy Becker's walker to grab the latter's keys from the wall hooks. He then jumped into Becker's Hyundai Santa Fe and backed out of the driveway. 

"He watches everything people do and he’ll repeat it," Becker told the station. 

Despite being short in stature, Sebastian was somehow able to reach the gas pedal and drive a mile and a half through neighborhood streets to his destination. Along the way, he hit several mailboxes and a tree. By the time the child pulled into the gas station's parking lot, police caught up to him. 

"I’ve never seen a driver this young before operating a vehicle," Capt. Mark Boerboom said. 

For his part, Becker said he is just glad that no one was injured. The family now plans to lock the keys away so that the 4-year-old doesn't repeat the same incident. 

"It could’ve been very serious," Becker said. "He could’ve hit a car. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. We could be talking about a funeral."

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