Four teens suspected of stealing, crashing car

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 11:11 a.m. CDT; updated 12:47 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 30, 2012

COLUMBIA — Two teenagers were in custody and two others were in the hospital after the car they were riding in crashed in west Columbia early Friday morning.

The car was stolen, according a news release from the Police Department.

Columbia police officers were dispatched to a one-car crash near the 4100 block of Grant Lane at 3:44 a.m. Friday. They were told that four juveniles were walking away from the accident scene and soon found them near the 4000 block of Bent Oak Drive, according to a news release from Officer Latisha Stroer.

One of the juveniles suffered serious injuries in the crash and was lying in a yard. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. A second juvenile also was taken to the hospital for "precautionary reasons," Stroer said in the release.

Police contacted the owner of the car. A resident of Swindon Avenue, he was unaware his vehicle was stolen, police said.

Police also found a GPS system in the car that did not belong to the car's owner. Stroer said in the news release that it apparently was stolen while the foursome was rummaging through other vehicles throughout the night. The owner of the GPS has not been identified.

Two of the teens were arrested on suspicion of first-degree tampering with a vehicle. The pair in the hospital also face possible charges.

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