A Portsmouth teen crashed his parent's BMW into a house after leading Stratham police on a chase over the weekend.
The 16-year-old, who had not yet obtained his license, punched the car through a garage on Depot Road in Greenland. He was charged with disobeying a police officer and reckless operation. The incident happened at about 2 a.m. Saturday.
Stratham police Chief John Scippa said a Stratham police cruiser attempted to pull the car over on Route 33 after it was driving erratically. The teen refused to stop and took off down Sandy Point Road, leading the cruiser on a short chase before crashing.
"He said he didn't want to get caught," Scippa said, adding the teen was driving to visit a friend.
No one was in the home at the time of the crash. The teen was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.
"Thank God nobody was hurt," Scippa said. "(The teen) took a very minor issue and created a ... dangerous situation."
The teen's name was not released because he is a minor.