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West Virginia grandpa gives kids a memorable ride

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — He told police he just wanted to take the grandchildren out for a spin and treat them to some food at an area drive-in restaurant.

But a police officer warned the man that hauling four unrestrained children, all around age 4, on a busy street in a 15-foot motorboat pulled by a lawn mower isn't a good idea.

The 61-year-old man drove to Beckley's King Tut Drive-In on Saturday afternoon from his home in the nearby community of Bowling Addition.

Even though he was driving an unregistered, uninspected vehicle on city streets, the man wasn't charged. Patrolman Jamie Blume said he didn't think the man willfully put his grandchildren in danger.

However, the man was told to call for someone else to pick up the children and have them restrained in child safety seats.