You’ve got to admire the earnestness with which a five-year-old moves through life. At that age, decision trees have two, maybe three branches. “Can I have this?” is the question often posed to an authority figure, and for the most part, the matter is settled one way or the other. For five-year-old Adrian Zamarripa from Ogden, Utah, however, the gears of a a workaround started turning after a parent said “no.”
On Monday afternoon, a trooper from the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) pulled over a white Dodge Journey on Interstate 15, suspecting an impaired driver. Instead, the police officer found Adrian behind the wheel. His explanation for his escapade? He flew the coop with the family SUV after an argument with his mom, in which she told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini. He had simply decided to take matters into his own hands, explaining that he was headed to California to buy one himself. Turns out, he may have had some difficulty actually procuring the Lambo once he got to California—he had just $3 in his wallet.
His story is that he left home after an argument with Mom, in which she told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini. He decided he'd take the car and go to California to buy one himself. He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet.
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) May 4, 2020
Adrian might get some points for his can-do attitude, but we’re glad this ill-advised adventure didn’t result in anything worse than a confused cop and an awkward discussion with the kindergartner’s parents. According to a local KUTV news story on the matter, the police are interviewing Adrian’s parents to gather evidence in the case, and it is unclear whether anyone will face charges on the matter.
The UHP dash cam footage of the stop is posted below:
As often happens in the car world, the story has sparked an outpouring of support for the five-year-old’s ambitions. Adrians’ family has received multiple offers from Lamborghini owners inviting the young boy to come for a ride-along, this time in the passenger’s seat, and as KUTV reports, Adrian has since gotten the chance to experience what his three bucks and strong will almost netted him earlier this week.
ICYMI: A day after 5-year-old Adrian stole his parents' SUV to drive to California to buy a Lamborghini — he got to take a ride in one.https://t.co/FLjRaFCKbp
— KUTV2news (@KUTV2News) May 6, 2020