12 year-old driver crashes stolen car | News
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two male juveniles have been arrested and charged with vehicle grand theft after driving an allegedly stolen vehicle and getting into a car crash early Wednesday morning.
The suspects have been identified as 12-year-old Camry Dirden and 14-year-old David Adams, according to the St. John's County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was reportedly stolen from the North Orange Street area on Tuesday evening, according to a release from SJCSO Corporal Catherine Payne.
The vehicle was located by the St. Augustine Police Department after a description was shared with other law enforcement agencies.
SAPD officers tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped away and crashed, Payne said.
The crash happened near the intersection of State Road 207 and Holmes Road just before 1 a.m. 12-year-old Dirden was allegedly driving a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder and 14-year-old Adams was a passenger.
The Pathfinder was traveling in the inside lane on southbound SR 207 at a high rate of speed when the driver attempted to make a last-minute right turn on Holmes Road.
Stopped in the left turn lane on Holmes Road was a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Saquib Raza, 28.
The Pathfinder struck the left side of the Jetta, pushing it across two lanes, according to the report. After hitting the Jetta, the Pathfinder continued into a parking lot and was stopped after hitting a sign post.
The two juveniles and Raza were transported to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries. According to the report, Raza was wearing a seatbelt while the children were not. Alcohol was not reported to be a factor.
Both Dirden and Adams are facing charges of vehicle grand theft (less than $5,000) and possession of stolen property, Payne said.
Dirden is facing charges of careless driving and driving without a license, according to the FHP report.