Police: Drunk Teen Struck Parked Car, Ran From Cops

A 17-year-old male from Ridgewood is accused of careening into a parked car on Ridgewood's West Side Thursday night and fleeing. Tracked down, he allegedly ran again.

A village 17-year-old is facing a slew of citations after he allegedly drove into a parked car and bolted when he was confronted by police Thursday night.

According to Ridgewood police, the youth's Buick Enclave slammed into a parked minivan on Woodland Avenue at around 11 p.m., knocking the minivan into a series of nearby trees. Instead of waiting for police, he allegedly ran home. Police said he was drunk at the time of the incident.

The accused – who is not being identified, as he is a minor – was found by officers at his home, Ridgewood Police Cpt. Jacqueline Luthcke said. Upon being confronted, he led police on a brief foot chase, she added.

Following his capture, he was transported to Valley Hospital complaining of pain, Luthcke said.

The teen is facing charges of underaged DWI, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, failure to maintain lane, not having a provisional decal. 

Both vehicles sustained significant damage in the crash.

His upcoming court date has been scheduled for Feb. 14.

Greg Unown January 28, 2013 at 04:30 PM
He had no Mid-Terms Friday like a lot of seniors who had frees, do your research before you waste your time commenting.
Brian January 28, 2013 at 04:58 PM
It would be unfair to blame my parents for every dumb thing I did in High School. Parenting can keep you from doing some really dumb things but every teenager is going to do somethings they regret. This is a scary story. Luckily no one died. Let's hope that everyone involved can learn from it. We should also be proud as a society that this is even a news story. Drunk driving has been stigmatized and reduced to a point where such crashes are a news story. There was a time when hitting a parked car while driving drunk was considered a funny antidote not a condemnation of a person's character.
Barbara January 28, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Raising teenagers is a daunting experience. The kids in this town are generally quite smart. However, that's the problem. They are able to outsmart their trusting parents with lies that would fool a seasoned detective. Although parents cannot be with their kids 24/7 they must verify everything their kids say no matter how reasonable it sounds.If John is going to Bill's house to study, call Bill's parents to be sure the parents will be home and will call you when John leaves. Teenagers naturally rebel against authority and their raging hormones preclude their having common sense. Teenagers' arrogant ignnorance is dangerous and parents are at a disadvantage unless they constantly verify every statement of their kids. Parents must help each other by keeping each other informed of their kids' actions. Parents are proud of their kids, but that does not mean giving them blanket trust. And when your teenager says you don't trust me your answer should be, "Not yet."
Fan of Ridgewood January 29, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Well said, Brian
elknu nek January 30, 2013 at 06:44 PM


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