GALVESTON, Texas – A 7-year-old Texas boy learned the hard way that the long arm of the law doesn’t care how old you are.
An officer issued him a ticket for driving a golf cart on the beach.
Now, he’s facing a fine and his mother is furious.
Clayton and his mom were searching for treasure Thursday along Galveston’s shoreline when he hopped behind the wheel of their golf cart.
That is when a Galveston police officer stopped them.
“When he said he was going to give a ticket, I figured it would’ve been for me,” said Amanda Knight, Clayton’s mother.
However, the officer cited the 7-year-old.
“I was shocked. I’ve never heard of a 7-year-old getting a ticket. He was worried he was going to go to jail,” she said.
“He made me write my name on the ticket thing. I was scared,” said Clayton.
“At the end of the day, it’s about safety,” said Chief Henry Porretto, with the Galveston Police Department.
In Galveston, you have to be a licensed driver to operate a golf cart in designated areas.
If you let somebody under 16-years-old behind the wheel, you’re breaking the law.
When Chief Porretto heard about Clayton’s case, he agreed that it never should have happened.
“He issued a citation to the child that he probably should have issued to the mother,” he said.
Clayton’s court date is set for Oct. 4.
The chief says the police department will work with the family to straighten out the mistake.