Child services are investigating a family whose seven year old stole his step-dad's Pontiac Sunbird and set off on a drive to visit his real dad.
The little boy, from Flint, Michigan, had to stand on the floor to reach the pedals, and was caught by police driving bare foot.
The youngster - who was in his pyjamas - was spotted by other motorists who called 911 - with one saying in perplexed tones - 'I just passed about a five, six-year-old kid.'
The police eventually caught up with the boy and managed to get him to slow down - but he was already 20 miles into his journey.
Officers said when they finally coaxed him from the car, he cried and said he wanted to see his dad.
What a tear-jerker!