Police stop 12-year-old boy from driving across Australia

Cheryl Sanders
April 24, 2017

Sky News reports he had been driving for 14 hours; police haven't provided more details on how he came to acquire the vehicle or why it took so long to notice him (the APA points out he would have had to refuel).

A 12-year-old boy trying to drive from coast-to-coast through the vast Australian outback was stopped by traffic police more than a thousand kilometres into the epic road trip, authorities said today.

Google Maps The 12-year-old started in Kendall to drive to Perth, but only made it to Broken Hill.

The boy was taken to Broken Hill police station.

"Checks revealed the driver to be a 12-year-old boy travelling from Kendall NSW on his way to Perth", the spokesperson said.

In a statement on Sunday, a NSW Police spokesperson said the boy was on his way to Perth.

The journey from Kendall to Perth by auto takes about 40 hours, and includes traversing some of the nation's harshest deserts, including the Nullarbor Plain.

Police said inquiries into the boy's situation were continuing. You're navigating your way through some of our hottest, most barren deserts and need to carry heaps of petrol, food and water because if you get stuck out there, you're a hell of a long way from any help.

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