A dad in India gave his son an unusual birthday present -- a joyride in his Ferrari.
Mohammed Nisham allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari F430 near his home in the southern state of Kerala and has since been charged with child endangerment and allowing a minor to drive, AP reports.
Police learned of the feat after it was captured on video and posted to YouTube on April 15. It has gone viral with more than 12,700 views.
"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. I am proud of him," Amal Nisham, the mother of the boy, told NDTV.
The boy and his 5-year-old brother, who sits in the passenger seat, can be seen navigating a private road. Children are on the sides of the street videotaping and following the red Ferrari.
M.V. Verghese, a police inspector, said Mohammed Nisham, who owns a successful tobacco and real estate business, has 18 cars and is worth an estimated $4 million, AP reports.
He has since been released on 5,000 rupees ($92) bail.
Amal Nisham supports her son’s driving talents, admitting he has been behind the wheel since he was 5 years old, she told Parda Phash.
"It's only because my son is driving a Ferrari that it is being made an issue,” Amal Nisham told NDTV. "He has got talent in him. He likes driving cars and drives them well. I think we were just boosting him. We were trying to build the talent he has got."