Monday, August 23, 2010

Teenager Charged With Reckless Endangerment

A Cookeville teenager, who told police he thought he could outrun them in his fast car, has now been charged with felony evading arrest and reckless endangerment. The 17-year-old was arrested over the weekend after being observed running several red lights and travelling through town at speeds in excess of 80 miles an hour. Officer Josh Ward says he first saw the teenager, driving a 1990 Nissan 240-SX down South Jefferson Avenue. He says the vehicle ran the red light at Jefferson and Veterans Boulevard, and ended travelling down I-40 for a short distance. But Ward says the vehicle became boxed in on the interstate and got off again on Willow Avenue, where he alleges that it forced another car onto the shoulder of the off-ramp before sliding sideways onto Willow, weaving from lane to lane between vehicles and running two more redlights before pulling into the Green Acres subdivison. Ward says the driver told him that he had traded for the vehicle three days prior to his arrest, and had not registered it in his name. When asked why he ran, the teenager allegedly told the officer that "he had a fast car and thought he could get away."