4 kids took their parents car and took it on a 600-mile road trip across Australia

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  • In Australia, four kids took a car belonging to one of their parents and went for a 600-mile drive through the country, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.
  • The group, ages 10 to 14, were apprehended by police, who plan to file charges.
  • They began in Gracemere, Queensland, and finished their journey in Grafton, New South Wales.
  • They packed the car with fishing rods and took turns behind the wheel on the 10-hour drive.
  • They were apprehended on Sunday. Three of the four remain in custody.
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A group of children between the ages of 10 and fourteen was found in Grafton, New South Wales, after having driven 600 miles from Gracemere, Queensland in a car that belonged to one of the kid’s parents, police said.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Company, the group took the car on Saturday. They brought fishing rods and money with them on their journey.

Acting Inspector Darren Williams told the Australian Broadcasting Company that the group of children likely shared driving responsibilities. The non-stop drive from Gracemere to Grafton takes about 10 hours.

Along the way, the kids stopped for gas one time, according to CBS News. The group has been accused of stealing gas from the station they stopped at in a town called Banana.

Highway Patrol chased the vehicle, a Nissan Patrol, near Glen Innes, but the chase ended over concerns about the driver’s age, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company. In Queensland and New South Wales, a person must be 17 to drive.


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Williams said the children were found safe inside the vehicle late Sunday night.

“The children were directed to open the doors to the vehicles [but] they have locked themselves in the car and police have had to use a baton to get into the vehicle to arrest them,” Williams said.

Williams told the outlet that charges will be filed against the children at a later date after they have been questioned. Three of the four children remained in custody and one has been picked up by his parents.

“It’s a pretty big journey, and it’s a long way for a young person – I suppose a couple of cans of Red Bull and you’re likely to do anything,” Williams said.

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