A car mad three-year-old German boy crashed his father's car twice in four days, police in the western town of Borken said.
Using a ladder, the boy stole the keys to his father's Honda Accord, started the car and ploughed it into a nearby Toyota, causing about 5000 euro ($8,695) of damage but escaping unharmed.
When a television crew came to their home in the town of Bocholt near the Dutch border to reconstruct the incident four days later, the young lad took matters into his own hands.
Sitting behind the wheel with the car key given to him during filming, his urge to drive overtook him again.
"The father was with the television crew," said Borken police spokesman Frank Rentmeister. "The car was in gear and the boy just started up and drove into the car ahead."
The boy was not hurt but chalked up further damages totalling 1000 euros. Police are now investigating the father for criminal negligence.
Last month, a three-year-old German boy took the keys to his father's car, started it up and ploughed through two tents before coming to a halt.
Toddler Jannik made off with the keys to the Renault Laguna while his father was playing a soccer match, said authorities in Euskirchen, 30 kilometres west of Cologne near the Belgian border.
He unlocked the car with the remote control and put its automatic transmission into reverse without having to touch the pedals.
The car rolled slowly through the camping site next door, mowing down tents where two 11-year-old children were playing. They suffered minor bruises.