A DMK Production
You have two sons, Jeremy is fourteen and Jacob is sixteen. If needed you use a variety of different punishments with the boys such as grounding and privilege loss but spanking is still very much an option and the boys are aware of this. Jacob just got his driver's license and bought a car with savings and a little help from you. Jeremy also knows how to drive (mostly) but, because of his age, he cannot have a license or permit.
Jacob's story when he called you:
He and Jeremy were home alone and Jeremy wanted to go to the store to get some snacks. Jacob said he was driving Jeremy to the store and somehow lost control of his car and the car is now in a ditch and he can't get it out. He assured you everyone was fine. He also thinks the car is OK (it is) but he just can't get it out of the ditch.
He backs up Jacob's story.
You give Jacob your auto club information and tell him to have the tow truck pull his car out of the ditch and you will look at the car with him when you get home.
You get home and look at the car with Jacob. All seems fine but Jacob and Jeremy are both acting strange. You chalk it up to them just being shook from the incident. You decide all's well that ends well and so you just caution Jacob to be more careful.
You get a phone call from your "concerned" next door neighbor, Mrs. Kravitz. She tells you all about how she saw Jeremy's accident and wants to know if he is truly OK and is the "older boy's" car OK. She said Jeremy assured her he did not need any help when she went to check on him. She further says that she must be really getting old because she was certain Jeremy was only fourteen but since he was driving he must be sixteen. You clarify with Mrs. Kravitz that it was Jeremy she saw driving and she assures you he was the only one in the car. She says Jacob did not show up until a few minutes later. You assure your "concerned" neighbor that everything is just fine. You question the boys and the truth comes out.
Jacob and Jeremy were home together and Jeremy did want to go get snacks but Jacob did not want to drive him to the store. Jeremy persisted and so Jacob told him to just use his car and go. Jacob and Jeremy add that the store was close and Jeremy does know how to drive (mostly) and so they assumed it would be OK. Jacob gave Jeremy his keys. Jeremy lost control and ended up in the ditch and so they decided to just say Jacob was driving "so they wouldn't worry you." Jacob also adds that it is "his car" and he should be able to do with it as he wants.