MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 16-year-old Hedgesville High School student spent the last day of the school year in the hospital and the police station after he went to school drunk then stole and wrecked a car, police alleged.
Martinsburg City Police on Monday charged the teenager as a juvenile with grand larceny of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence and driving without a license. West Virginia State Police say a juvenile petition for underage consumption will be presented to the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
The youth's name was not released because of his age.
West Virginia State Police responded to Hedgesville High School at about 9:47 a.m. after the principal reported that a student came to school drunk, said Sgt. Joe Adams.
Principal Dean Warrenfeltz said the boy was disoriented and teachers noticed something was wrong.
"When we couldn't reach the parents, we called the ambulance as a precautionary measure," Warrenfeltz said. "I know the student and have talked to him several times in passing and I could tell he was not his normal self. He was upset with himself, I think, for making a mistake."