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Raleigh teen accused of stealing car from auto dealership

Posted February 26, 2013 1:16 p.m. EST
Updated February 26, 2013 3:09 p.m. EST

— A Raleigh teenager faces multiple charges after he allegedly stole a car from a Garner auto dealership Monday afternoon and crashed it a short time later at a nearby auto parts store.

Donovan Maurice Dawson, 16, of 1120-107 Renewal Place, was charged Tuesday with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony hit and run and two counts of assault by pointing a gun in the chain of events that started sometime around 4 p.m. Monday.

Police say Dawson told a dealer at Atlantic Auto Sales, at 1536 U.S. Highway 70 in Garner, that he wanted to buy a car, but at some point, he took off in a 2004 silver Audi A4.

An employee at the dealership followed him for about two miles, where Dawson crashed into another car at 3210 S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh, jumped out of the car and took off on foot.

The assault charges stems from Dawson allegedly pointing a handgun at a probation officer who tried to intervene. Police found the gun about 300 yards away.

Dawson also faces a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the Feb. 19 theft of a 2005 red BMW 325i from Global Motors, at 2510 S. Wilmington St.

It was recovered a couple days later in Garner, authorities said, after someone from the dealership spotted it being driven.

Dawson was in the Wake County jail Tuesday morning under $113,000 bond on all the charges.