Runaway 13-year-old takes his father's Mercedes on 500 mile European joyride

Runaway 13-year-old takes his father's Mercedes on 500 mile European joyride
Runaway 13-year-old takes his father's Mercedes on 500 mile European joyride

The teenage years are turbulent times for any young person but the notion of a "teenage strop" was given a whole new meaning this week when a 13-year-old boy piloted his adoptive father's car 500 miles through Europe after a family bust-up.

The boy set off on Thursday afternoon from the small town of Pederobba in Northern Italy, armed with his father's high-powered automatic Mercedes-Benz and 200 euros in is pocket, in an attempt to reach his birth family in Poland.

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