Police: Teens crashed vehicles, fled in two different incidents
(KUTV) Two unlicensed teenage drivers carrying juvenile passengers crashed vehicles and fled the scenes in two separate accidents, just hours apart, Utah authorities said Sunday.
Stemming from the first incident, a 14-year-old boy was placed in juvenile detention after stealing a relative's car and rolling it Sunday morning with two pre-teens inside, Unified police said.
"It was an uncle's car that was loaned to the mother. Apparently, once the mother fell asleep, this juvenile took the car," said Unified Police Det. Ken Hansen. "He failed to negotiate a corner. He was too fast for that particular corner, and he probably didn't have a lot of experience driving."
The teenage boy rolled the car around 4 a.m. at 8400 W. State Route 48, just outside Copperton, Hansen said. Police received a report that the car had crashed and three juveniles had fled the scene.
Investigators called a state helicopter to begin searching the area. Within an hour, South Jordan police found them at 110 S. Mountain View Corridor.
The juveniles were taken to the hospital to be checked out. No one sustained serious injuries. Officers released the pre-teens to their parents, while the teenager was booked into juvenile detention as charges are pending.
Charges will likely include felony joyriding, Hansen said.
In West Valley City Sunday night, a 17-year-old boy who does not have a driver's license took his parent's car out with four teenage passengers, according to West Valley City Police Lt. Lamonte Cox.
He took a corner too quickly at 3400 Jester Dr., and smashed into a mailbox, a light pole and a parked truck, Cox said.
No one was hurt. All five teens allegedly fled. A homeowner chased them down until police arrived.
The driver was cited for driving without a license, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.
He was released to his parents and must appear in juvenile court, Cox said.
Woman swallowed expensive ring after theft, Orem police say
(KUTV) A bizarre jewelry theft led to the arrests of two people in Utah County this weekend after authorities said a man stole a valuable ring from Orem's University Mall, and then a woman in the getaway car swallowed it when confronted by police.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday, the male suspect entered a Zales jewelry store in the mall and asked to see a ring worth several thousand dollars. The Zales employee said the man took the ring and left the store, and was last seen leaving the parking lot in a white Pontiac with a female at the wheel.
Approximately 30 minutes later, a Utah Valley University police officer pulled over a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description at an apartment complex at 400 W. 1386 S. in Orem. The employee from the Zales store was taken to the complex and identified the man, Bryan Ford, 29, as the one who had taken the ring from the mall. Ford and the female driver of the vehicle, Christina Schlegel, 25, were both arrested.
At the police station, authorities said officers could not determine the whereabouts of the stolen ring. According to officials, police were sent on multiple wild goose chases by the suspects, and ultimately discovered that Schlegel had swallowed the ring when the pair were initially pulled over by the UVU officer.
Schlegel was taken to a hospital where an x-ray determined that the ring was indeed in her gastrointestinal tract.
Ford and Schlegel were each booked into the Utah County Jail and charged with felony theft.
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