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'Daddy went past a red light': Boy, 6, called 911 on his father for traffic violation

A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy called 911 on his dad, saying he ran a red light while the two were out running errands.
/ Source: TODAY

A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy who wants to be a police officer some day has decided that not even his own dad is above the law when it comes to traffic violations.

Robbie Richardson called 911 on May 28 to report his father, Michael, for running a red light while they were doing errands in their hometown of Quincy.

The Quincy Police Department posted the audio from the call online, where Robbie can be heard telling the dispatcher, "Daddy went past a red light in the black truck. It was in the brand new car, my mommy’s car."

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Michael had tried to explain to Robbie that he was making a right turn on a red light, which is legal. Robbie, who has his own miniature police car that he uses to patrol his neighborhood, wasn't having it.


Michael didn't take it seriously when Robbie told him he was going to call the police, but the next thing he knew, he was on the line with the dispatcher apologizing for the call and the red light. He was so flustered he mistakenly referred to Robbie as being five years old instead of six.

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"(The dispatcher) says, 'Your son told us you ran a red light,'' Michael told NBC Boston affiliate WHDH. "And I'm thinking to myself, he really did call. When he says he's gonna do something, he does it."

"To get a child to call and actually articulate something like that, I can't remember anything like that ever happening before,'' Quincy Lt. Jack Sullivan told WHDH.

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