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  • M.O.T.-area teens injured after crashing stolen vehicle into utility pole

  • Five teenagers from the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area were injured Monday when their joyride in a stolen SUV ended with the vehicle rolling over into a utility pole in Middletown.
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  • Five teenagers from the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area were injured Monday when their joyride in a stolen SUV ended with the vehicle rolling over into a utility pole in Middletown.
    Four of the six teenage boys who were in the SUV at the time of the crash were taken to various area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, while a fifth was taken to the Middletown Emergency Department by his parents after fleeing the scene, according to police.
    A sixth teen involved in the crash was not injured.
    The crash occurred on Levels Road, just south of Del. Route 301, in Middletown about 4:30 p.m., roughly a half-hour after three of the teens – including a 16-year-old Port Penn-area boy, a 15-year-old Townsend-area boy and a 14-year-old Townsend-area boy – stole the 2009 Toyota RAV4 from a delivery driver with a Middletown-area Chinese restaurant, according to Officer Tracey Duffy of the New Castle County Police Department.
    The trio allegedly called the restaurant to order a delivery using a false address in the Odessa National neighborhood near Townsend, but then called back and provided an actual address in the 400 block of Prestwick Court, she said.
    When the 19-year-old driver attempted to deliver the food, the teens allegedly jumped into his SUV and fled the area.
    The three teens then picked up three male friends in the Middletown area and continued their joyride to Industrial Drive where the driver lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and rolled over onto its passenger side before striking the utility pole, police said.
    After the crash, two of the teens fled the scene on foot.
    Capt. Daniel Yeager of the Middletown Police Department said officers were later able to track down the two missing teens.
    Duffy said the three teens who participated in the vehicle theft are now facing criminal charges.
    The 16-year-old is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, conspiracy, theft, and driving without a valid license. He was later released to the custody of a guardian on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
    The 15-year-old is charged with theft, conspiracy and driving without a valid license. He is currently being held at the New Castle County Detention Center on a $2,600 secured bond, she said.
    The 14-year-old is charged with theft and conspiracy. He remains hospitalized and is currently awaiting arraignment, she said.
    The other teens are not facing charges, she said.
    The 16-year-old also is facing traffic citations related to the crash, according to Middletown police.

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