Teenager takes car to get coffee, crashes into stand and flees

Teenager takes car to get coffee, crashes into stand and flees
Spokane County Sheriff's Office

On December 9 around 12:40 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a vehicle which had crashed into the Fueled Coffee Company building located at 12303 E. Grace Ave. in Spokane Valley.

The vehicle fled the scene without stopping.

The business owner went outside and found fresh damage to the side of the building. She also found broken headlight/turn signal plastic pieces. She looked at surveillance video and saw that a white Ford Explorer hit the side of the building near the order window.

A witness to the incident said he followed the Explorer, after it quickly left the area, to an apartment complex on N. Cherry St. where it parked. He observed two young females fleeing from the vehicle and provided the vehicle’s license plate number to the Deputies.

Deputy Tim Jones inspected the damage to the building and noted the vehicle hit hard enough to push the framing for the wall inward.

A check of the vehicle’s license plate showed the registered owner’s address as an apartment in the complex where it was parked.

Deputy Jones went to the apartment complex and located the Explorer, which had what appeared to be fresh front-end damage consistent with the damage observed to the building. He found the registered owner, an adult female, at her apartment and told her about the hit and run collision involving her vehicle.

She yelled for her daughter and her friend (both 14-years-old) to come to the front door. The owner of the vehicle was very upset and said she never gave anyone permission to drive her car.

During the investigation, Deputy Jones learned the two girls and a juvenile male friend (14-year-old male) planned to walk from the apartment to the coffee stand. However, when the girls walked down to the parking lot, they observed the boy in the driver’s seat of the Explorer. He told them to get in, which they did.

He drove to Fueled Coffee where he hit the side of the building as he drove up to the drive thru window. They got scared and sped away, parking the vehicle back at the apartments.

The victim/owner of the vehicle confirmed she did not give the boy permission to take her vehicle and she wished to pursue charges.

The juvenile male was transported and booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Facility for Taking a Motor Vehicle without Permission and Hit and Run Property Damage.

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