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Stafford teen’s joy ride leads to chase, charges, police say

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A 14-year-old Stafford County boy landed in juvenile detention Thursday after what police described as a joy ride gone wrong.

At about 11 a.m., Stafford Deputy Dan Gentry was patrolling the Mine Road commuter lot in Garrisonville when he heard a grinding sound, said Bill Kennedy, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Gentry spotted a compact car being driven by the teenager, Kennedy said. The boy parked the car, and as the deputy approached he got out and ran.

The deputy gave chase. The pursuit continued across State Route 610 and into the Stafford Marketplace Shopping Center, Kennedy said.

Virginia state troopers who happened to be in the parking lot joined the foot chase, which ended when the boy rounded a corner of one of the stores and ran into a car, Kennedy said. The boy fell and was apprehended.

According to police, the incident began when the teenager found the car in the commuter lot with the keys in it.

Kennedy said that while the boy drove through the lot, he scraped six vehicles and knocked over a sign.

The teenager was charged with hit and run, larceny and driving without a license.

He was taken to the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center and later released to his mother.

A second person apparently was in the car, too, Kennedy said. That person has not been located.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436


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