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VIDEO: 9-year-old caught driving mom's car in Las Vegas

Posted at 11:25 AM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 00:50:41-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A 9-year-old boy is safe after taking his mom's car out for a spin in Las Vegas, according to police.

"I saw this car swerve left and right, and like... my goal there was safety."

Mark Cabigon captured this harrowing scene while driving in his car, traveling north on US-95 Sunday morning. At first he thought it was a drunk driver.

"He was like erratic. He got at least like four or five missed accidents. He was literally touched by an angel that day,” he said.

It turns out, the erratic driver to Cabigon's surprise, was a nine-year-old boy.

“When other kids are playing Grand Theft Auto and their videos, this kid did a lot more,” he said.

Cabigon says the boy drove at least six miles on the US-95, from the Jones exit all the way to the Craig Road off ramp.

He says he was able to talk to the boy when the car stopped.

"I told him very politely like, 'Hey next time, don't do this because you're going to hurt other people.' And my heart just melted when he responded, 'Okay, yes, I'm not going to do it,'” he said.

Cabigon says he's relieved nobody was hurt and no cars were damaged.

As for the parents...

"I hope we're not too quick to judge the parents, because it's hard, and just don't blame the parents totally. Let's not put judgment,” he said.

Police say the boy's mother was taking a shower at the time of the incident.

Officers stopped the car near Decatur and Craig and the boy was released to his mother.

No one was cited.