Police received a report of a 14-year-old boy driving a blue Renault Clio on Temple Park Road, South Shields, at 10.10am today (Friday, March 10).
Officers attended the scene and the teenager has been spoken to by police.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "At around 10.10am this morning police received a report that a 14-year-old was driving a blue Renault Clio on Temple Park Road in South Shields.
"Officers attended and found the vehicle parked in a lay-by nearby.
"The male teenager has been spoken to by officers and inquiries into the incident are ongoing."