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Teen on joyride in grandmother's SUV crashes into four cars, flees on foot

A 15-year-old boy who took his grandmother's SUV on a joyride, crashing into four parked cars and fleeing on foot, has been arrested, Glendale police said this week.

Glendale police on Monday tracked down the La Crescenta teen, whose name was withheld because he's a minor, after his grandmother told officers she didn't know who took her Mercedes SUV on Oct. 31, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The Mercedes was left at the crash scene and traced back to her, he said.

The teen allegedly took his grandmother's car without permission that night, visited a friend and went for a joyride, Lorenz said.

The teen allegedly sped through a stop sign in the 4800 block of Maryland Avenue that night and lost control of the Mercedes, which crashed into four parked cars. He and his friend fled the scene and headed home, Lorenz said.

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How irresponsible can people be, the worst thing someone can do is hit and run if someone gets into a car accident the most responsible thing to do is stay and take responsibility because if not then the consequences will be worst. The minor should not have taken the car I mean there are laws for a reason and there are stop signs to control people from having car accidents. Driving is a responsibility and there should be more strick laws towards minors and driving. It is the laws responsibility to take care of the public but it is the obligation of the gardians to watch over the minors. How did the grandmother not know her grandson took her car?

Teenagers! Not only are they brats, but juvenile delinquents too, committing numerous minor and major crimes such as, drinking and driving, taking and selling narcotics, graffiti spraying, vandalism, loitering, prostitution, grand theft, breaking and entering, high school drop outs, teen pregnancies and the list goes on. Can you imagine, they are the future of America!! The parents of all teens in America must be so proud of their teenagers!

In Glendale this is known as "Armenian Driver Training".

I was there, right behind the first car on the right and saw the whole thing. I helped the guy in the beige car out of his vehicle to the side of the road. A silver SUV out of control barreled through traffic while we were waiting at the red light, hit the beige car that then slammed into the car in front of it and hit the car in front of me. The SUV didn’t stop and instead hit a blue SUV that veered off the road. The SUV continued speeding, taking out the fire hydrant and plowing into the 24hour Fitness parking garage entrance.

This case proves that there should be a stricter laws in the state about teen driving. I believe the fault belongs to both the parents and the government. If they could be more careful and concern about how their teens drive, the accident would not have happened. More responsible should be taken from parents and the government in order not to let this situation happens.

Dinh, the teenager in question took the grandmother's car without her knowledge. He has no license and basically stole his grandmother's car on top of committing a hit-and-run. Unless you're saying parents and the government should watch over their kids 24/7, I don't really see how else this could have been prevented.

Toppacio, I'm sure no one goes through life thinking someone in the family is going to steal his or her car. And most people don't keep car keys with them all the time. The kid could have easily taken the grandmother's keys and left.

Parents should be especially careful when their kids are 14-18 years of age because more than ever they think they can do anything but more like fantasy land even risking AIDS without any knowledge of STDs.

@Dinh Nguyen: How is the government responsible for the reckless behavior of a minor? This kid would not have had a driver's license as he is only 15. Every time the government is sued, it's us taxpayers that shoulder the burden in the form of higher taxes. Let's not give trial attorneys any more ideas about cashing in at the expense of society.

Why did it take Glendale PD a month and a half to arrest this punk? Did they just now get to investegating this case?

This among other example similar to this expose the broken system when it comes to regulating underage drivers. What should be done with this teen is in addition to the charges he is already facing, he should be charged with grand theft auto, fleeing the scene of an accident and be forced to preform community service to pay for the damage he caused to the property of all the parties involved in this incident. If tougher consequences are put on underage teen "joyriding" teens might think first before they steal their grandmother's car.

Amusing comments. Everytime something bad happens "there should be a new law for this." Guess what - this kid already broke numerous laws and will have to live with the consequences.
This isn't unlike the incident a month ago where an SUV driven by joyriding teens hit a bus near downtown. The bus full of kids overturned and killed a pedestrian. By comparison, this incident appears rather tame. If anything, it's lucky that it was his own family's car the teen destroyed. It's a fact of life that there will always be irresponsible teenagers. Education and counseling (before) is the solution, not more laws.


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