Five year old goes on joyride


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This is what a Lamborghini Hurricane looks like.

On May 4th, 2020, a five year old hailing from Ogden, Utah had a dream. He aspired to buy a Lamborghini, an incredibly expensive Italian car. While his mom was sleeping, Adrian Zamarripa grabbed the keys to her Dodge Durango and hit the road.

Adrian made it less than ten miles from his house before his journey came to an end. An officer of the Utah Highway Patrol observed Adrian driving on Interstate 15, traveling 32 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. Adrian also had trouble keeping the Durango in one lane, causing other cars to swerve to avoid a collision. A traffic stop was initiated for what the patrol officer believed was a drunk driver, but encountered Adrian instead. After hearing of his plan, the officer made a phone call to his mother, who quickly came and picked up Adrian and her Durango. 

There were two fatal flaws in Adrian’s plan. First, Adrian was five years old. Adrian did not have a driver’s license, and he is not eligible for a Utah driver’s license until 2031, eleven years from now. Because of this, Adrian has never operated a car before, and certainly could not make it to California safely. According to Google Maps, there are 744 miles between Adrian’s house in Ogden and Lamborghini Beverly Hills, the dealership that was his intended destination. He would also have to battle traffic in the second most populous metropolitan area in the country, something experienced drivers struggle with. 

Second, Adrian was only five years old, making him ineligible for any employment. Adrian left his house in Ogden with $3 dollars in his pocket, most likely part of an allowance given to him by his mother. Looking at the website for Lamborghini Beverly Hills, the cheapest available Lamborghini is a 2017 Lamborghini Huracan, coming in at $178,990. Adrian would obviously not qualify for a loan from any bank, so even if he had made it all the way to the 90210, he would have been turned down for insufficient funds.

After receiving significant media coverage all around the country, Adrian caught a lucky break. A local entrepreneur from Provo, Utah named Jeremy Neves drove to Adrian’s house – in his Lamborghini Huracan. Adrian was ecstatic, and Jeremy drove Adrian around, showing him what it’s like to own and ride in a car that costs as much as a house. Later in the week, Adrian received more good news – the Weber County Attorney’s Office chose not to file charges against Adrian for his various traffic violations, but his mom still says he’s grounded.

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