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Tiny 8-year-old crashes family van moments after stealing it

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BETEHEL, OH (NBC) - An 8-year-old boy had a run-in with the law Friday morning after he took his parents' minivan for a ride.

Jordan Winters took the 2003 Dodge Caravan from their home in Bethel, Ohio just before 9 a.m. and crashed it about 100 yards away, according to a traffic report. The minivan missed hitting a telephone pole by about a yard.

Jordan said his parents were asleep and he thought it would be a good idea to put gas in the vehicle, so he said he grabbed his mom's purse and keys, started the minivan, pulled out of the driveway and drove onto state Route 133.

Jordan said he never drove faster than 10 mph and was only going about 5 mph when he crashed.

"I kept on headed toward the ditch, so I had to turn and then I crashed. I almost crashed into the telephone pole," Jordan said as he sat in the front seat of the minivan.

James Crouch, Winters' father, said he didn't even know his son was gone until officers came knocking at his door.

He said his son has never done anything like this before and that he was only trying to do his parents a favor.

"He wanted to get gas in the van for us, be nice," said Crouch. "He was still in his jammies."

Crouch said police did not cite his son because it was only his first moving violation.

As for Jordan, he said he's learned his lesson.

"Never to drive unless you're 16," he said.

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