Young Teen Steals Vehicle, Leads Police On Chase
In New York, underage drivers caught driving without a license can also be charged with reckless driving. While there is not a specific code prohibiting this offense, the underage driver could find themselves facing two charges: underage driver citation and reckless driving. The former is not a serious charge, but when applied in connection with the latter, serious consequences can occur. The underage driver can end up with a criminal record because reckless driving is not a traffic infraction, but a criminal charge. This charge can result in a 30-day jail term and $600 in fines for both the underage driver and the reckless driving charges.
New York Upstate reports on a 14-year-old who stole a vehicle and led police on a chase, resulting in several crashes.
A 14-year-old Oneida county teen reportedly stole a car last Wednesday night and led sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit that was filled with crashes. Deputies were investigating an unrelated incident when they observed a vehicle that had no license plate weaving between lanes and operating erratically.
The vehicle came close to striking a building at the corner of Route 12B and Route 315. The vehicle then turned south on 315. The vehicle then struck several law enforcement vehicles that were in front of The Boro, where police had been investigating the unrelated incident.
The driver continued driving south on 315, crossing traffic lanes into northbound traffic several times. The driver also went off-road several times, at one point striking a mailbox.
At one point, the vehicle stopped, but the driver continued driving, striking a deputy’s patrol vehicle. The deputy was inside the vehicle.
Eventually, the teen lost control of the vehicle, leaving the roadway and striking several trees before coming to a stop.
The teen was from Sangerfield and stole the vehicle from a nearby residence. The teen’s name was not released because he’s a juvenile.