Gael Santiago (pictured), a 6-year-old Juarez, Mexico, boy, received a ticket for a number of traffic violations and even had his toy minibike impounded by police, after he struck a parked SUV.
The child’s mom, Karla Noriega (pictured), said that her son, Santiago, received the gas-powered minibike as a Christmas present. The kindergartner was out riding in his two-day-old bike when he crashed into the vehicle. When police were called onto the scene, they gave the child several summonses for reckless driving, driving without a license, and not having his vehicle registered. The fines totaled $183.
Noriega, who thought that her young son’s exorbitant fines were absurd, made the decision to go public. The media picked up on the boy’s case and now police officials are stating that they regret their hasty ticketing.
Hector Arceluz, the city council secretary, told the AP that as of Thursday, the minibike was released to the family, the fines dismissed, and the officers who ticketed the child will be punished for their actions.
Meanwhile, although Gael is happy that his motorized toy has been returned to him, it went kaput after the car crash.