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Man arrested for letting son, 9, drive Ferrari

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POSTED April 29, 2013 9:20 p.m.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India have arrested a man who allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari.

Mohammed Nisham was arrested on charges of endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive, said Inspector Biju Kumar. He was released after posting bail of 5,000 rupees ($92), Kumar said.

Nisham's wife filmed the boy driving the sports car on his 9th birthday two weeks ago with his 5-year-old brother in the passenger seat. The video was widely watched on YouTube and created an outrage across India, causing police to file charges.

Police Inspector M.V. Verghese said the boy's father, who has a thriving tobacco and real estate business, owns 18 cars worth an estimated $4 million.

The boy's parents were unabashed. "I am proud of him. He's been driving since he was 5," said his mother, Amal Nisham.

She said the boy has also driven the family's Lamborghini and Bentley and other cars.

"It was his 9th birthday, and since he was insisting for months, we allowed him to drive the Ferrari. He is a cautious and confident driver," she told television channel NDTV.

 

City offers  prize

for reporting potholes

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — Report a pothole, win a prize.

That's the idea behind a new promotion by the city of Haverhill.

Mayor James Fiorentini says residents who report a pothole on a city street to the Public Works Department will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of three $25 gift cards donated by local businesses. The contest ends May 10.

He tells The Eagle-Tribune that the idea is to get the bone-jarring, suspension-rattling holes filled within two business days of when they are reported. He says it's a public safety issue.

 

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