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TWO young brothers, aged 10 and six, wanting to visit their grandfather have driven a car for almost 100km along one of Australia's busiest roads.


Reaching speeds of up to 90kph, their journey took them along a major highway in the New South Wales north-west until they were stopped by bemused police.

The youngsters had decided to drive themselves to Moree to visit their grandfather about 12.30pm (AEST) yesterday, Moree Police said.


Sergeant Matt Clifford the children had been given the keys to their grandmother’s car, probably so they could get something out of it.


But instead, they decided to embark upon a long distance Sunday drive.


Setting off from Boggabilla, a small town near the Queensland border, they drove the car 85km along the Newell Highway, one of Australia's busiest transport routes, reaching speeds of up to 90kph.




Sgt Clifford said passing truckies had phoned police after seeing the boys driving along the highway.

They had not been driving erratically, he said.


"They weren’t all over the road. The callers had just said they had seen a couple of young faces behind the wheel," he said.


The boys’ parents had also called police after realising the children had taken the car.


Sgt Clifford said he did not know how the child had managed to reach the pedals while in control of the car.


"I thought perhaps he could’ve been standing up," he said. The younger brother was sitting in the front passenger seat.


Police caught up with the boys near the end of their 100km journey, sounding the siren flashing their lights to pull them over.


The boys did so immediately - then jumped into the backseat of the car and assumed their normal spots.


"I don’t know what their thinking was on that one. I guess being kids they thought it would work," Sgt Clifford said.


"It a new one to see something like this sort of thing. Fortunately it all ended up quite well."


Police drove the car and children to Moree.


The boys’ parents and grandparents were spoken to but no further action was planned in the wake of the incident, police said.

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