A 15-year-old Kodiak boy is being charged with stealing a sports-utility vehicle, taking it for a joy ride and subsequently crashing the car Wednesday morning.
On Christmas Day around 7:30 a.m. State Troopers were notified of a motor vehicle crash on Puffin Drive; however, it wasn’t until later that day it was revealed the juvenile had stolen the car.
According to troopers, the juvenile stole the keys to the vehicle from an 18-year-old Kodiak resident around midnight Dec. 25 and picked up two more juveniles. The three juveniles then drove around the Kodiak area, according to troopers.
After dropping off the juvenile passengers, troopers report the 15-year-old began text messaging while driving at the same time. The juvenile subsequently crashed the 2007 Dodge Durango into a ditch on Puffin Drive, totaling the Dodge, according to a report. Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said the juvenile was not injured in the crash.
Juvenile Justice Center officials have taken over the investigation of the crime and at this point the boy has not been arrested. The boy was charged with two counts of first-degree vehicle theft, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, driving a motor vehicle with a screen device operating and driving without a valid license.
Troopers officials also note the use of narcotics was a factor with the crimes committed by the male juveniles.