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Teen charged after crashing vehicle into county house

September 04, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 16-year-old was charged with several driving offenses Friday afternoon after the 2001 Lexus he was driving crashed backwards into a house on Old Forge Road, Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Travers Ruppert said.

Ruppert said that the youth was driving the V6 car westbound on Old Forge Road about 3:30 p.m. when the vehicle turned a corner, veered into the eastbound lane, left the road and spun 180 degrees. The vehicle skidded about 150 feet - between two trees - and the back of the vehicle crashed into the basement of 21327 Old Forge Road, near Old Forge Elementary School.

The 16-year-old boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision, reckless driving, negligent driving, speed greater than usual and failure to display a driver's license on demand.

"The rear end of the car was in the basement of the house," Ruppert said. "It broke right through the brick of the house." He said that the crash broke the water heater in the house.

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Ruppert said that the fire department "had to actually put support beams" in the structure before they pulled the car out.

No one was home at the time of the accident, he said. The driver of the car "didn't have a scratch on him," he said.

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