Four mischevious children, between the ages of 10 and 14, packed a stolen family car with fishing rods and took off on an epic 600-mile road trip along the Australian coast, authorities have said.
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One of the children even left a goodbye note for their parents before leaving on the road trip, which ended several hours later when police tracked down the parked car along a highway in New South Wales, authorities told CNN.
“It’s a pretty big journey. It’s a long way for a person to do it, but I suppose a couple cans of Red Bull and you’re likely to do anything,” inspector Darren Williams told Nine News.
The children shared the driving responsibilities during the 578-mile drive from Rockhampton in Queensland to Grafton in New South Wales, police added, after taking the four-wheel-drive Nissan Patrol car belonging to one of their parents. The journey made by the youngsters usually takes more than 10 hours, hugging the eastern Australian coastline and crossing through the cities of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The runaways were taken into custody at 10:40 pm on Sunday evening and could now face charges.