Unlicensed 16 year old steals car, runs from cops, & crashes in the P.D. parking lot
One would think that a car theft suspect would drive away from the police.
But an unlicensed 16-year-old allegedly stole a 2005 Honda Civic yesterday and tried to escape from an officer by driving into a city-owned parking lot full of marked police cars.
The teenager, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, crashed into a marked police tow truck, sending the car spinning and the back bumper flying onto the pavement, said Officer Michael McCarthy, a police spokesman.
''He is 16; obviously he isn't the best driver in the world," McCarthy said yesterday. ''He struck a parked Boston police car towing truck."
The youth is to be arraigned today on charges of assault and battery, larceny of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, driving without a license, speeding, failing to stop for a police officer, and driving to endanger.
Officers began searching for the teenager after a 38-year-old Wellesley man called 911 saying the youth had stolen his car, McCarthy said.
The man was at a stop light at Washington Street and Union Park in the South End when the teenager and another young man began heckling him and asking, ''What are you looking at," said McCarthy. After the man got out of his car to confront the youths, the teenager entered the vehicle and drove away, McCarthy said.
An officer tried to pull the teenager over, but the youth sped off, McCarthy said. The youth then pulled into a city-owned lot on Frontage Road, McCarthy said.
After crashing into the truck, the teenager fled on foot, running through the lot before two officers tackled him, McCarthy said.
''It is a huge parking lot full of police vehicles," McCarthy said. ''You can't mistake it as being anything other than a city parking lot."