LAKE PLACID - A local teenager faces one felony and several misdemeanor charges after allegedly stealing a sport-utility vehicle, crashing it and fleeing police on foot.
Ray Brook-based state police arrested a 16-year-old male from Lake Placid at 5:08 p.m. Monday at a residence on Conifer Circle, off state Route 73 near the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex. The teen, whose name has been withheld due to his age, has been charged with one count each of the following: fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony; criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor; and misdemeanor reckless driving.
He was also ticketed for operating a motor vehicle without a license, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to obey a police officer and speeding.
Police said they received vehicle and traffic complaints at 6:20 a.m. Monday in the town of North Elba about a driver hanging out the window of a moving vehicle. A trooper located the teen soon afterward and pursued him to the St. Agnes Cemetery, where the teen crashed the vehicle, a 1998 Ford Explorer, and ran away on foot.
Police were able to locate the owner of the SUV and establish that it had been stolen from a residence on Dogwood Way, in the Cascade Acres mobile home park. Police then were able to establish the identify of the teen and take him into custody.
A large tombstone and a cemetery sign were damaged in the wreck. Police estimated the damage at well over $250.
The teen was remanded to Essex County Jail and is scheduled to appear in North Elba town court at a later date.