12 year old takes a joyride to the border, blames video games

When scouring the globe for the latest in gaming gossip, it’s not often that a story comes out of my local paper – but hey, it had to happen sometime.

On Tuesday, January 28th, a 12 year old boy from St. Catharines, Ontario decided to take his grandmother’s Nissan Altima for a joyride. Unlike most kids who do such silly things and crash before the end of the block, this kid got pretty far. All the way to the Canada/US border, in fact. 

The Queenston-Lewiston Bridge acts as one of several gateways in Niagara between Canada and the United States, and it’s a good 20 minutes from St. Catharines (possibly more depending on where in the city he started from). Not only that, but it requires some serious highway driving – including a trek over the monstrously tall Garden City Skyway that still terrifies me on every trip I take.


Despite the seemingly insurmountable challenge for a 12 year old boy with no driving skills, he wasn’t once stopped by police along the way.  That’s especially surprising considering the speed traps that are almost always along this route. Instead, his trip came to an end when he met with the US Border Patrol at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.

So what does all of this have to do with video games? According to the boy, that’s where he learned to drive. I smell a controversy coming on.

[via St. Catharines Standard]

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