Three teens facing charges after car crashes into house

Published: May. 6, 2016 at 8:19 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM MST
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(Source: Tucson Police Department)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Three teenagers are facing charges after they stole a car and crashed it into a home while fleeing from police early Friday morning.

Oldfather Road was shut down in both directions just north of West Ina Road for several hours.

Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said the driver was attempting to flee from police when he crashed. He said it all started around 1:30 a.m. Friday when TPD's air unit received a signal of a stolen car near Gr ant and Silverbell.

Officers located the car near I-10 and Ina, but when they tried to stop the driver at Cortaro he sped off. Police then called off the chase because of safety reasons. The air unit continued to track the car. The driver was headed south on Oldfather and Massingale when Dugan said the driver lost control, jumped the median and slammed into the home.

After the crash the driver of stolen car and two passengers jumped out and took off running. Officers got to the scene and arrested them.

A teenager was asleep inside the home at the time of the crash. He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. His uncle, Wayne Kroen, said he has some bumps, bruises and a few broken bones but he is a tough kid.

"My brother-in-law told me he is freaking out screaming 'Christian Christian' because the whole house is gone," he said. "I know that my sister was crying she was totally out of control with emotion being the fact that her son got hurt and I took her to the hospital to see him, so it was kind of rough."

The 16-year-old driver is facing the following: Felony Criminal Damage, Aggravated Assault and Endangerment. .

An 18-year-old passenger is facing charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and the other passenger, a 14-year-old girl, is facing charges for auto theft.

The 14 and 16-year-old were both booked into the Pima County Juvenile Corrections Center. The 18-year-old has been arrested and released.

Dugan said she is the one who they suspect stole the car. Dugan also said speed and impairment were factors in the crash, but not alcohol.

Kroen's family and friends spent Friday afternoon picking through belongings and working to find somewhere to spend the night.

"This is going to cost money replacing clothing, replacing electronics, replacing everything but none of that is really important besides the fact my nephew is still alive," said Kroen.

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