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Teen in hospital after theft of car

Another juvenile also charged with assault and drunken driving

Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2007

After spending the early hours of Friday morning drinking and rifling through cars in the Mendenhall Valley, two juveniles got as far as North Douglas in a stolen car before crashing, Juneau police reported Friday.

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One teenager was later charged with auto theft, assault, and driving while intoxicated. Police say additional charges are pending, and the second teen remained hospitalized.

Officer Chris Burk said the pair, aged 15 and 16, ditched a red 2004 Pontiac Grand Am shortly before 4:07 a.m. following the accident and walked to a house for help. A witness told police that one kid lay in a ditch near her home. Another witness reported that one of the teens was bleeding from the face.

The accident happened near Mike Hatch Jeep on North Douglas Highway.

The 15-year-old admitted to police he was driving the stolen car at the time of the accident.

"Both juveniles had been drinking," Burk said.

The teenagers were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The 15-year-old driver was treated for minor injuries, released, and then arrested.

Police said the 16-year-old accomplice remained in the hospital for evaluation of injuries.

An investigation into the duo's alleged rifling spree is ongoing. Police did not return queries on possible further charges Saturday.

Police incident reports show that nine people reported vandalism and theft within a quarter mile of the 3000 block of Riverwood Drive Friday morning following the accident. Items reported stolen were: iPod, sunglasses, a digital camera, cash, and two cells phones.

• Contact Greg Skinner at 523-2558 or greg.skinner@juneauempire.com.



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