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Neb. boy, 6, takes wheel after dad passes out

Posted by on May. 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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Neb. boy, 6, takes wheel after dad passes out

In this May 20, 2009 photo Tustin Mains, 6, is seen, in North Platte, Neb. AP - In this May 20, 2009 photo Tustin Mains, 6, is seen, in North Platte, Neb. Police say Tustin Mains, grabbed ...
Sat May 23, 1:19 pm ET

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. - A 6-year-old boy grabbed the wheel of his family's pickup truck when his father passed out from low blood sugar, keeping the vehicle from crashing until an officer could bring it to a halt, police said.

Tustin Mains was in the back seat with his 3-year-old brother Sunday when his father, Phillip Mains, slumped over at the wheel, the boy told police. The family had been driving home from a restaurant.

"I remember getting up to about the mall - that was about 6:45," Mains told The North Platte Telegraph. "The next thing I remember was waking up to the officer and paramedics, and it was 8:15."

Tustin leapt into his father's lap so he could steer and see out the windshield. Mains' foot had slipped off the accelerator, but even at idle the Chevrolet Avalanche was going an estimated 10-15 mph, police said.

The kindergartner steered the truck several blocks, even turning around when he entered a neighborhood he didn't recognize, until he was spotted by police.

North Platte officer Roger Freeze ran up to the moving pickup, reached through an open window and rammed the gearshift into park.

Police Chief Martin Gutschenritter praised his officer and young Tustin.

"I will be issuing him a departmental citation for his quick, professional action on this case. That is also a very special young man. He was able to take quick action when his dad was incapacitated, and we are very proud of him, too," Gutschenritter said.

When he saw his dad "fall asleep," Tustin said, he got scared, then got another fright when officer Freeze appeared at the truck's window.

But when Freeze abruptly stopped the pickup?

"I was just happy," Tustin said.





by on May. 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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Steph1499
by on May. 24, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Kids are smart. Im glad everything turned out good

BreannazMomma
by on May. 24, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I just saw this on yahoo...that is one brave little boy!  :) 

MBDunn
by on May. 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Wow that's an awesome story!!

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