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Teen charged for stealing, crashing car

Car crash on Palm Beach Boulevard
Posted at 6:32 AM, Nov 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 09:09:00-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Troopers with Florida Highway Patrol say a vehicle that crashed early Monday morning was stolen and a 16-year-old is charged with the incident.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m. on Palm Beach Boulevard near the I-75 onramp. FHP tells us they were in pursuit of a "reckless driver" when the vehicle crashed into an unoccupied recreational vehicle.

All lanes of traffic were reopened by 7 a.m. as a wrecker reached the scene.

When troopers pulled into the scene, the driver and three other teens, aged 13, 15 and 17, bailed from the car and ran away. All four were later captured.

The 16-year-old male is charged with fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, reckless driving and grand theft. The teen was handed over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.