15-year-old escorts drunk friends home in tractor before being stopped by police in Ripley

Tractor stopped in Ripley - image by Insp Chris Galley
Tractor stopped in Ripley - image by Insp Chris Galley

A memorable taxi ride home for two underage drinkers and their 15-year-old was cut short when their tractor was pulled over by police.

Police stopped the tractor in Ripley just before 5am on Saturday, February 5, after watching it leave Harrogate without any headlights on.

However, officers were shocked to discover that a 15-year-old male was driving the vehicle and playing taxi driver for his two two drunk friends.

The 15-year-old and the two other young males were swiftly returned to the care of their parents and will be interviewed by police in "due course".

Traffic Constable David Minto joked on Twitter that the "big truck" was needed to seize the tractor, which was not insured to the teenager.

He added that the owner would be able to collect it immediately upon production of his documents.