5-Year-Old Boy Given Ride In Lamborghini After Being Pulled Over On I-15
May 5, 2020, 9:32 PM | Updated: 10:13 pm
OGDEN, Utah – A 5-year-old boy was given the chance to ride in his dream car a day after he took his family’s car and was pulled over by a state trooper on Interstate 15.
Adrian Zamarripa’s sister was watching him when she fell asleep Monday. The 5-year-old then grabbed the keys and took off in his parents’ car, saying he wanted to drive to California and buy a Lamborghini.
He was pulled over by Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Morgan after driving a few miles and hopping on southbound I-15, and no injuries or property damage was reported.
Adrian’s parents and sister said they put a lot of fear into him after the stunt he pulled Monday.
His father Joel Zamarripa looked everywhere for him. His sister said she may never forgive herself and social media was already on the offensive against them.
“We went through a lot, these past few days. Yesterday was, we didn’t believe it. Today, it was even harder,” she said. “We learned a big lesson. It opened our eyes and I hope that it truly opens others’ eyes.”
However, when Lamborghini owner Jeremy Neves reached out to the family on Tuesday, they said they couldn’t pass up the chance to let him live out his dream.
“Did you come to the drivers’ seat because you think you’re driving?” Neves asked Adrian as he approached the supercar.
After driving his family car down I-15, with the intent to drive to California and buy a Lamborghini, 5 year-old Adrian Zamarripa got a hefty scolding. He also got the ride of his life, the day after. @KSL5TV was there. See his reaction, 5&6pm. pic.twitter.com/grT0ByKMzy
— Mike Anderson (@mikeandersonKSL) May 5, 2020
Neves said he recognized the recklessness of Adrian’s decision.
“Absolutely, I’m not encouraging kids to go out and take their parents’ car, and do anything else that’s illegal,” he said. “I’m not advocating that at all.”
But he did see some potential in Adrian, if pointed in the right direction.
“I’m absolutely inspired by the principles that he displayed of success; knowing what he wants, going after it,” Neves said.
Finding something positive in a big family scare. Adrian’s family was grateful for the chance.
“I’m happy that he got to experience this, despite everything that’s happening,” his sister said. “He got it.”
The Zamarripas said they are keeping the keys out of reach and making sure their 5-year-old knows not to do it again.
The offers continued to come in though, including a company in California that wants to fly him out to see some Lamborghinis.