LINDEN – Police arrested three city teens early Tuesday morning after a 15-year-old driver crashed into a utility pole and ended up on the front lawn of Linden High School.
Officers on patrol saw a 2004 Ford Explorer make a right turn onto E. Baltimore Avenue from the 1100 block of Monmouth Avenue without coming to a complete stop and failing to use a turn signal just before 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. They pulled the vehicle over, but as the officers approached on foot, the driver of the Explorer sped away.
Police chased the car west on E. St. George Avenue until it reached Ainsworth Street when it attempted to make a left turn. The 15-year-old driver struck a utility pole, snapping it in half and bringing down the wires. The Explorer ended up on the front lawn of Linden High School, where the occupants were taken into custody. The Linden Fire Department Ambulance checked the occupants for injuries, but all refused medical attention.
The driver was issued nine summonses for motor vehicle violations. There were two passengers, a 17-year-old from Linden and Eddie Martin, 19, also of Linden. Martin was charged with joyriding, a fourth degree crime, and was being held on $2,500 bail pending a court date. The juveniles were released to their parents pending the filing of charges by the Juvenile Bureau, which is investigating the incident.
The charges are merely accusations and the suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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