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Teen Faces Charges After Stealing, Wrecking 2 Vehicles

Posted June 1, 2007

— Two teenagers were taken to the hospital after crashing a stolen car in north Raleigh. Investigators are trying to figure out if the teens are responsible for another stolen vehicle in the area.

At around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, authorities were notified about a stolen Toyota 4-Runner in Morrisville. Nearly two hours later, deputies responded to an accident on Old Warden Road in the Chandler Pointe neighborhood involving the stolen sport utility vehicle.

According to investigators, Caleb Gwynn, 17, was driving the SUV when it crashed into a tree and ended up in a ditch. Neighbors in the area said they saw two people running from the SUV after the accident.

When a Wake County sheriff's deputy arrived at the accident, he parked his vehicle in the middle of the road. Authorities said he was sitting in his car when a second vehicle, a stolen Buick LeSabre, sped down the road, hitting the deputy's car door. The deputy was not injured in the accident.

"I heard my neighbor say, 'Oh, my God.' We knew the car was going way too fast," said neighbor Alex Rose.

"You see these things on TV. All I saw were headlights coming right at me. You don't know which way to go," said neighbor Sandy Scialdone.

Investigators said a trooper had been trying to stop Gwynn earlier for driving erratically. Authorities said that vehicle went through a yard at the end of a cul-de-sac and hit a tree.

Gwynn was taken to WakeMed with a broken leg. Authorities said Gwynn faces a number of charges once he gets out of the hospital.

The passenger, a 15-year-old girl, was pinned inside the car and had to be removed. The Highway Patrol would not release her name. She was also taken to WakeMed with minor injuries.


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  • richard2 Jun 3, 2007

    you will be amazed at how much community service they will have to pull IF they are found guilty.

  • mindyourown Jun 2, 2007

    mom2three, you're absolutely correct and I do not disagree with what you said, however parents should know what their kids are doing in general, they should know where they are, they should know who they hang out with, they should be very very involved in their kids lives to get them going in the right direction and on the right road. Yeah, trying to keep up or know EVERY move they make IS impossible, but if you feel you've raised them right and you do trust them then it's easier when they are out of sight.

  • I_love_ the_ News Jun 2, 2007

    THROW the book at them !

  • lizard Jun 2, 2007

    I'm glad to see the police did not see them because then they would have tried to stop them and then they would have been driving faster and then they would crash harder and then they might have died and then we would have to investigate the officer for being too aggressive and then we would have to take other officers off the street to give them pusuit classes and then we would have less protection and then we would have fewer chases and then we would have fewer crashes. That's the best way to get the crash rate down.

  • Emerald Jun 2, 2007

    Spare the rod and spoil the child - What these teens today need is a good old fashioned - old school - but whooping. If that had been going on before now, this story would never have happened.

    Just my opinion.

  • caniacincary Jun 1, 2007

    Probably more children who were never spanked and now we see what happens.

  • mom2threecld Jun 1, 2007

    legalbeagle, you can try to keep up with your kids but reality is you CAN NOT watch their every move. comes a time when they are out of your vision. one can try to keep up with them but not their every move

  • mindyourown Jun 1, 2007

    Here we go again, teenagers in trouble, parents should know where their teens are and what they're doing.. if you can't handle them, send them to military school.

  • The Fox Jun 1, 2007

    The passenger, a 15-year-old girl, TuesdaySailor was pinned inside the car and had to be removed. The Highway Patrol released her name after notifying her parents Mr. & Mrs. SundaySailor. Sunday said she's no angel.

  • sick of thugs 3 Jun 1, 2007

    Jeff Gravely's eyes are too close together. Its wierd.