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Police: 3-Year-Old Oklahoma Boy Steers Truck To Safety After Mom Falls From Vehicle

| by Jared Keever

A 3-year-old boy crashed a pickup truck in Oklahoma after his mother fell from the vehicle and he steered it safely across four lanes of traffic, authorities said. 

The incident occurred Oct. 21, just outside of the city of Ada, according to The Associated Press. 

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Witnesses told authorities the mother was driving the truck east on Highway 1 when she fell out of the vehicle, leaving her two twin 3-year-old boys inside, The Ada News reports.

One of the boys took the wheel, and, while standing on the seat, steered the truck across traffic before it came to rest on a curb. 

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City employees, who were driving by when the incident occurred, were the first to stop.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Pontotoc County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene shortly after and performed a field sobriety test on the mother, 33-year-old Taloa Foster. 

State trooper Keith Teel told The News that Foster said one of the boys had gotten out of his car seat and she was trying to keep him in the truck when she fell from the vehicle. 

Neither she nor the boys were injured.

Foster was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and child endangerment. Troopers said they found a nearly empty bottle of liquor on the floorboard of the truck. 

The boys were handed over to the custody of a grandfather.

Pontotoc County District Attorney Chris Ross told the AP that his office is preparing drunken driving charges against the mother. 

Sources: AP Story via WTHR News, The Ada News

Photo credit: Randy Mitchell/The Ada News