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Teen smashes relative’s truck into cement wall

This wall on Lockhaven Drive took a beating thanks to a 16-year-old smashing his grandfather’s truck into it. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

A 16-year-old boy drove his grandfather’s truck into a cement wall on Lockhaven Drive after drinking several beers early Saturday, May 5, police said.

Police said the boy was driving the 1998 Ford F-250 westbound on Lockhaven Drive N. when he started weaving back and forth on the street, lost control and crashed into the wall at Wildwood Court N. Both the truck and wall section were completely destroyed. The wreck was reported at 4:10 a.m. Police said he was driving the truck unlawfully without his grandfather’s permission.

Three and a half hours later the driver was found hiding in a recycling bin in the 5800 block of Shoreline Lane N. by a Marion County Sheriff’s K-9 team. He admitted to drinking “seven or eight beers” police said.

He was transported to Salem Hospital but suffered only minor injuries. He was subsequently lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, reckless endangering, felony failure to perform duties of a driver and burglary.

A 15-year-old male passenger got a bloody nose from the truck’s airbag, police said. He was located about three blocks from the crash and was cited for minor in possession of alcohol by consumption, having admitted to drinking “two and a half beers,” and violation of curfew.