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Teens shoot cars, then crash in Lee County

Boys charged after ending up in ditch

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2:52 p.m. CDT

ASHTON – Three boys threw things off an Interstate 88 overpass and shot cars with a BB gun over the weekend, then shone a bright light into the eyes of drivers, authorities said.

The boys ended up in a ditch.

About 4 a.m. Sunday, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Brooklyn Road overpass, where they found the three teenagers crashed in a nearby ditch. The car was seized.

“They crashed as they were leaving the area and went into a ditch,” Sheriff John Varga said Monday. “I don’t know if they saw the deputies or not before leaving.”

One of the teens suffered a head injury and was taken by ambulance to Rochelle Community Hospital, where he was treated and released, Varga said.

The boys were charged with attempted vehicle endangerment. The driver was cited for not having a valid driver’s license, failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, failing to secure a passenger between the ages of 8 and 18 in a safety restraint, failing to report a vehicle collision, and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

The teens were released to their parents, according to a news release.

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