Police halt driver, 12, on epic trip


AFP

SYDNEY — A 12-year-old boy trying to drive from coast-to-coast through the vast Australian outback was stopped by traffic police more than a thousand kilometers into the epic road trip, authorities said Sunday. The child was picked up by local police in the mining city of Broken Hill, around a 14-hour drive from his starting point in the village of Kendall in the east of Australia.

He had been planning to travel some 4,000 kilometers to Perth in the country’s far west, but was caught out by a broken bumper, which was dragging across the ground, according to a statement from New South Wales state police.