14-year-old Arrested for Truck Theft Was Arrested One Month Ago for the Same Thing | News

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14-year-old Arrested for Truck Theft Was Arrested One Month Ago for the Same Thing
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 14-year-old who police said stole a pickup truck that crashed at a gas station, critically injuring a bystander, faces four felony charges.

Just before 7 a.m., the suspect stole a pickup truck, then drove to the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and Old Middleburg Road. He lost control of the truck and pinned a bystander to a gas pump at a Kangaroo station at the intersection.

The suspect escaped from the truck and ran, but was arrested after about four hours.

Police said the suspect had stolen another vehicle earlier this morning. Though the teen, whose identity we are not releasing because is a juvenile, fled the truck, police found school supplies and his ID from Grand Park school in the stolen truck.

Police went to the school and found the teen, who confessed.

He said when he was approaching the intersection of Wilson and Old Middleburg, he was going about 45 mph and the light turned red, so he tried to cut through the Kangaroo station's parking lot but lost control.

He also said he got scared when he heard the victim screaming in pain, so he ran.

The teen is charged with four felonies:

  • Leaving the scene of an accident causing injury
  • Driving without a license causing serious injury
  • Reckless driving causing serious bodily injury
  • Auto theft

He also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting and opposing without violence. He has 11 other charges on his record from previous arrests.

He is also one of two teens arrested in early December for stealing vehicles from owners' driveways.

The victim, 34-year-old Adam Miller, was transported with life threatening injuries to Shands. A family friend at the home this evening said Miller was doing better and was just out of surgery.

She said he had cuts, an injured spleen and was expected to have some pins put in his knee.

Shands Jacksonville confirmed Miller had been stabilized, but didn't provide details.

Police said the truck's owner left it in the driveway with the keys in the ignition to warm up when it was stolen. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, that is against the law.

316.1975 - Unattended motor vehicle: A person driving or in charge of any motor vehicle may not permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, and removing the key. A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.

The fine is $99, though vehicles with remote starters are legal because the keys are not in the ignition. 

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