Boy, 3, crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

Officer spotted boy in Jeep earlier in the day and issued a warning to a relative

Authorities in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, said a 3-year-old climbed into this Jeep, knocked it in gear and crashed into a neighbor's house before returning home to watch TV, July 22, 2014. (Myrtle Creek Police Department)
Authorities in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, said a 3-year-old climbed into this Jeep, knocked it in gear and crashed into a neighbor's house before returning home to watch TV, July 22, 2014. (Myrtle Creek Police Department)

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A 3-year-old took a Jeep for a joy ride, crashed into a neighbor’s house and then returned home to watch cartoons on Tuesday in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.

Police said an officer first noticed the boy around 9 a.m., sitting unattended in a Jeep Wrangler. After no adults came to retrieve the child for five minutes, the officer went to speak with the boy.

Authorities in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, said a 3-year-old climbed into this Jeep, knocked it in gear and crashed into a neighbor's house before returning home to watch TV, July 22, 2014. (Myrtle Creek Police Department)
Authorities in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, said a 3-year-old climbed into this Jeep, knocked it in gear and crashed into a neighbor’s house before returning home to watch TV, July 22, 2014. (Myrtle Creek Police Department)

The boy told the officer that his parents weren’t home and that another relative was asleep in the house. The officer then took the child home and woke up the relative, Brennan Pennington, who was given a warning.

Later around 7:30 p.m., authorities said Pennington was either still sleeping or in the bathroom when the 3-year-old got into the Jeep again. This time he knocked the vehicle out of gear, and the Jeep collided with a neighbor’s house at in the 300 block of Northwest 2nd Avenue, police said.

The child ran back home and was found lying on a couch watching cartoons “as if nothing had ever happened,” according to authorities.

Pennington was cited for the incident.

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