Boy, 9, caught taking early morning joyride on highway

SWERVING on to the wrong side of the highway and barely able to see over the steering wheel, a nine-year-old boy stunned onlookers as he took a Toyota Sedan for a joyride.

The nine-year-old was the sole occupant of the car when he went for a joy ride along the typically busy Carnavon Hwy-Grey St thoroughfare through St George at 6am before quick-thinking bystanders stepped in.

St George police Senior Sergeant Dan Gallagher told the Balonne Beacon the incident was not a case of child's play and could have had a deadly ending.

The Year 4 student could barely see over the steering wheel as he travelled along the highway, a first-time incident for Snr-Sgt Gallagher and his team.

The boy was dealt with under provisions of The Youth Justice Act, 1992 and, due to the age of the boy, no charges would be laid.

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