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Portsmouth Teen Crashes Parent's Car After Chase

Stratham Police say the teen refused to stop.

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.

Brian St. Onge February 01, 2012 at 11:55 AM
"(The teen) took a very minor issue and created a ... dangerous situation." A "minor issue"????? Driving without a license, taking a car without authorization....and that's a minor issue?????
Vicki Stoddard February 01, 2012 at 05:03 PM
16 year old out at 2 am without license in parents' expensive car? They must be very sound sleepers Vicki stoddard Columbus ohio
Holbrook B February 03, 2012 at 02:56 AM
i know this kid, perfect example of a parent buying him a car that is too much for him to handle and it was pretty clear (at least to me) that this would happen sooner or later and it is "his" car

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