WOONSOCKET — A motorist's discovery of a relative's stolen car operating on Wood Avenue resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old city boy on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and driving violations Thursday.
The youth was reported to have been operating a stolen silver 2003 Chevrolet Impala when it was spotted by a relative of the owner who, in turn, contacted police while continuing to follow the vehicle. Police learned the Impala had turned into the rear parking lot of the housing complex at 182 Cumberland St. and collided with another vehicle in the lot prior to their arrival at the location.
Patrolman Matthew R. Richardson and Sgt. Edward Cunanan found the vehicle resting in the middle of the access road with its doors open and having apparently collided with a nearby black 2006 GMC Savana. Several people in the area told the officers that a male youth had been seen running from the vehicle and fleeing between complex buildings toward Locust Street.
The complex is undergoing renovation work and several workers there directed the officers toward the route taken by the fleeing youth.
After meeting up with patrol officers driving around the complex, Richardson said, the youth was located walking in the area of Locust Street.
A second youth, 16, involved in the incident was subsequently found hiding behind a dumpster near the Boys and Girls Club on Kendrick Avenue and indicated he had been driving the stolen Impala.
Police learned the driver and the first youth had been at Woonsocket High School on Thursday when they decided to go to Walgreen's. The driver had keys to the Impala and after leaving the area of the school on Cass Avenue, the pair observed a pick-up truck to be following them, police said. The crash with the Savana was reported to have occurred after the Impala attempted to drive away from the following truck and turned into the driveway of the housing complex, police said.
The driver was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an unattended accident, and driving without a license, police said.
Both of the youths were referred to the department's juvenile division and released to the custody of their parents.