The eight-year-old boy had driven cars on private property and regularly rides bumper cars and go-karts, his mother told police.
An eight-year-old boy stole his parents’ car and took it to speeds of up to 140 kmh (87 mph) before pulling over when he started feeling sick.
The boy’s mother informed Polizei NRW Soest about 00:25 local time that their son had taken their car.
He had previously driven cars on private property and regularly rides bumper cars and go-karts, she told police.
Police cars went in search of the VW Golf but it was the mother who found her son.
She said she found him at 01.15am at a lay-by on the A44 heading towards the city of Dortmund.
The boy told his mum that he had pulled over after the high speed had made him feel unwell. He had put the hazard warning lights on and placed a small warning triangle behind the car.
Soest Police said the boy told them: “I just wanted to drive a little” before reportedly bursting into tears.
No property was damaged or people hurt the eight-year-old boy’s escapade, police said.
The legal age for driving in Germany is 18.
The youngest age to drive in any country is in El Salvador, in Central America, where you can obtain a full license to drive a car at just 15.