UPDATE: Couple Arrested After 6-Year-Old Tries To Drive To School

A Virginia couple has been arraigned after their 6-year-old son crashed the family car while trying to drive himself to school.

The two are facing one count each of felony child endangerment.

The Commonwealth's Attorney said the parents have a "number of problems" that keep them from being able to care for their children.

Police say the boy drove a Ford Taurus about six miles Monday after missing the school bus. They say he weaved in and out of traffic and crossed a river bridge before crashing into a utility pole. He wasn't seriously injured.

Authorities say the boy also took the family car for a drive last year.

The boy's mother remains jailed. The father has been released on bond. The boy and his 4-year-old brother are in protective custody.


A 6-year-old Virginia boy who missed his bus tried to drive to school in his family's sedan and crashed.

State police say the boy suffered only minor injuries and authorities drove him to school after he was evaluated at a local hospital.

Sgt. Tom Cunningham says the boy arrived shortly after lunch. It happened around 7:40 a.m. Monday on Route 360, about 61 miles east of Richmond.

Police say the boy, who wasn't identified, missed the bus, took the keys to his family's 2005 Ford Taurus and drove 10 miles toward school while his mother was asleep.

He ran off the road several times before hitting an embankment and utility pole about a mile and a half from school.

Police say he wasn't wearing a safety belt.

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