Police: Unlicensed driver takes mom’s car, huffs aerosol before hitting a home

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GRANTSVILLE, Utah – A teenage driver without a license who swerved off the road and hit several mailboxes, a fire hydrant and a fence before colliding with a home and coming to a stop told police he had just finished huffing when the crash occurred.

Lt. Steve Barrett of the Grantsville Police Department said 18-year-old Ray Lewis was driving at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday when he swerved off the road and traveled about 500 feet before stopping.

Barrett said the teen has a blood alcohol content of .137, which is .057 above the legal limit for drivers who are old enough to drink. The teen also told police who responded to the scene that he had just finishing huffing aerosol when he crashed.

The vehicle hit several mailboxes, a large decorative rock and then veered back onto the road. The car then left the road and hit a fire hydrant and subsequently a chain link fence. The car stopped when it struck a home, and the collision damaged the siding on the home.

Lewis was not injured, and officers arrested him and then later issued a citation and released him into the custody of a responsible adult.

Police said the 2011 Chevy Impala was totaled as a result of the crash. The teen is an unlicensed driver and took the vehicle without his mother’s knowledge.

3 comments

  • Bob

    The liberals worry about the boogeyman with a gun and the drunk driver not so much. There were 35,200 automobile related deaths in 2013 as compared with 11,414 gun related deaths in the same time span.

    • bob

      I’ve often pointed that out myself. Driving under the influence should be a felony. First time, every time.

      And given the fact that texting while driving is equally dangerous, THAT should also be a felony. It’s not a moral issue. It’s an issue of depraved indifference to human life.

  • Holly Albrecht (@JellyBeanVA)

    “Lewis was not injured, and officers arrested him and then later issued a citation and released him into the custody of a responsible adult.” He is 18 years old…AN ADULT and should’ve been booked in jail! When will Tooele County (Tooele, Grantsville, Stockton) realize small town police work is no longer viable ~~ it’s NOT Mayberry!

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