Four teenagers from Seminole County found themselves in the custody of Oviedo law enforcement after they stole a car and then crashed into a mailbox and a tree. The report from the Florida Highway Patrol states that the incident began when an unnamed 17-year-old stole one of his father’s trucks from his Casselberry home. It is not clear if the teenager was alone when he stole the car, but it is clear that soon there were four people in the car: the driver and three of his friends.
The quartet made their way from Casselberry to Oviedo, partaking in what police commonly refer to as a “joyride.” Unfortunately for the people in the car and the Oviedo community, the driver of the vehicle was tremendously underprepared to be behind the wheel of a vehicle.
While driving down Highway 417, the car collided with another vehicle as they passed by a Kohl’s. It is not clear if the second vehicle was driving or if anyone was injured, but the driver of the stolen truck did not stop after the collision and instead continued to drive down Highway 417 into Oviedo.
The driver of the struck car then decided to follow the truck. According to Deputies with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, this individual reported that the car made its way 1.5 miles down the road. At this point, it turned on to Carolina Street. The car did not make it very far down this road before it collided with a residential mailbox, drove across the home’s lawn, and finally crashed into a tree located at the front of the property.
It is not clear if deputies were at the location when this collision took place, but we do know that after hitting the tree all the doors of the car sprung open and the young people tried to escape on foot down the street. Their flight was extremely brief, and officers located and arrested all four individuals without much trouble.
Now, these young people are facing numerous charges, the most serious of these being grand theft (a charge that was given only to the driver). The entire investigation was then passed off to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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