A father in India thought that the best present for his 9-year-ol boy anniversary is to let him drive a Ferrari around the block.
The father gave his 9-year-old boy the car capable of 190 mph, for a joyride around the block, also capturing his son’s fun on video and posting it on YouTube. This was a big mistake for the owner of the Ferrari F340, who was charged with endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive. The video shows the 9-year-old boy driving the car with his 7-year-old brother on the passenger seat.
The video went viral on YouTube, with more than 1 million views and attracted criticism and outrage across India. According to the police report the boy’s father, who owns a tobacco and real estate business, has a collection of 18 vehicles. The police might impound the vehicle while the case is ongoing. The family sees nothing wrong in allowing their son to drive the car, moreover they say he has been driving since he was 5.
“I am proud of him. He’s been driving since he was five,” said Amal Nisham, the boy’s mother. “It was his ninth birthday, and since he was insisting for months, we allowed him to drive the Ferrari. He is a cautious and confident driver. It’s not easy for a child to achieve such a feat at this young age.”