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Teen Faces Charges After Stealing, Wrecking 2 Vehicles

Posted June 1, 2007 5:48 a.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2007 12:56 p.m. EDT

— 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.