Police: Drunk Teen Struck Parked Car, Ran From Cops

A 17-year-old male from Ridgewood is accused of careening into a parked car on Ridgewood's West Side Thursday night and fleeing. Tracked down, he allegedly ran again.

A village 17-year-old is facing a slew of citations after he allegedly drove into a parked car and bolted when he was confronted by police Thursday night.

According to Ridgewood police, the youth's Buick Enclave slammed into a parked minivan on Woodland Avenue at around 11 p.m., knocking the minivan into a series of nearby trees. Instead of waiting for police, he allegedly ran home. Police said he was drunk at the time of the incident.

The accused – who is not being identified, as he is a minor – was found by officers at his home, Ridgewood Police Cpt. Jacqueline Luthcke said. Upon being confronted, he led police on a brief foot chase, she added.

Following his capture, he was transported to Valley Hospital complaining of pain, Luthcke said.

The teen is facing charges of underaged DWI, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, failure to maintain lane, not having a provisional decal. 

Both vehicles sustained significant damage in the crash.

His upcoming court date has been scheduled for Feb. 14.

Harlan Consider January 26, 2013 at 02:29 PM
My guess is that it's been stepped up a little now. I bet the family vacation has took a hit this year with all the lawyer bills that will be arriving courtesy of junior.
anonymous January 26, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Also worth noting that RHS is in the middle of mid-terms. This incident occurred on a school night when most high school students are home studying. To repeat the comment from above: Where is the parental supervision?
News Man January 26, 2013 at 04:29 PM
And so does this entire story page.....can't we do better?
Mikka H January 26, 2013 at 04:46 PM
they serve a purpose Lee...it let's us know about the idiots amongst us and what really goes down in good old ridgewood....unsupervised 17 year old running amok drunk as a skunk....where were mom and dad? or in ridgewood's case the nanny?
lowertaxesJohn January 26, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I think our town has an alcohol problem. Seriously....his parents should teach him a good lesson about not running away from his acts. Hope they have a good attorney for the upcoming lawsuits.
RdgwdGRock January 26, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Hey - some duck tape, bondo and touch-up paint and the family hauler will be good as new. well, it will be a 3-wheeler now.
jp1 January 26, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Mr. Alvaro the comment is not dopey, having a daughter who went through the high school here i have seen many parents tolerate and buy beer for there underage children. Time you opened your eyes.
Mikka H January 26, 2013 at 08:53 PM
it's not the only town with an alcohol problem......for sure.....
JAFO January 27, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I bet the parents were at Park West getting loaded themselves.
megan Smith January 27, 2013 at 01:01 AM
With social media today it will be harder now for mom and dad to make this one go away! Everybody knows about it.
megan Smith January 27, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Hope Mom and Dad are pround of their little Prince now. All he has accomplished now or not
Raul January 27, 2013 at 02:13 AM
I guess I am a fool to read the comments and hope for thoughtful reactions to a real problem of teenage drinking and driving. Blame it on the parents! Or blame it on the hosts from the party he left. Or, blame it on the liquor store that sold the alcohol. Or blame our culture that celebrates getting drunk and having a car. A teen spends very little time out of a whole day awake at home under parental supervision. The parents may have been clueless or very involved and either version could still have this teen driving drunk. Obviously parents should do all they can, but it is amazing how immune teens are to aggressive supervision.
Lee R. January 27, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Mikka H. No, these videos serve no purpose. I am saddened to hear you call our neighbors and friends "idiots amongst us". And, kids do crazy things some time. ALL of our kids do. I am not sticking up for this this young person's behavior, but hopefully the lesson has been learned. And, hopefully this lesson will translate to all young and old drivers.
Lee R. January 27, 2013 at 04:57 AM
A timely and important article about teens: http://ht.ly/h7R7C
Barbara January 27, 2013 at 04:18 PM
How about the victims of this accident? They will not be able to recoup all their losses for the car and the trees. I'm sure they are grateful no one was hurt, but certainly they must be traumatized by the incident. We need to express our sympathies to them. And the first person to do this should be the young man who caused the accident.
Vostra Guida January 27, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Excellent point, Raul. The posts attacking these specific parents are way out of line (unless the people writing the posts know the parents of this teen and have first-hand knowledge of their parenting and the circumstances surrounding the events leading up to the accident). Certainly, teen drinking and DWI in general are important topics and people have the right to be outraged if parents are not doing their jobs as parents. But to delight in attacking these specific parents by assuming they did something wrong is sad and just plain unfair. The kid could have told his parents he was going over his friends house to study for the mid-terms that one person above mentioned. We just don't know all of the facts, so while we should all feel free to offer commentary on what parents should be doing, is it really fair to accuse these parents of having done something wrong? I for one will reserve judgment.
jerry January 27, 2013 at 04:50 PM
The parents should take some responsibility and compensate the property owners who suffered damage due to the reckless behavior of their son. These parents have opened up themselves to untold litigation. What if there was someone on that street who was happened to be walking by that night? That would likely have been a fatal walk!
jerry January 27, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I wonder if these negligent parents had the decency to apologize to the owners of the parked cars and property damage? Probably not, I bet, if they allow their teen to drink and drive!
fiona January 27, 2013 at 05:14 PM
I wonder if the parents are as arrogant as the kid? Apples usually don't fall far from the tree.
dave January 27, 2013 at 05:30 PM
The parents could be and should be facing charges. A late night walk could have been fatal in this case. They are lucky this did not turn into a wrongful death case! No doubt there will be litigation on the matter as no one steps up to do the right thing any more these days! Honor and integrity is gone even in good ole Ridgewood!
tells it like it is January 27, 2013 at 07:49 PM
how soon we all forget so is easy to blame the parents even easier to make ridiculous assumptions about them . dont be hypocrits
jerry January 28, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Responsibility is taught at home. There is not enough of that today in America.
fiona January 28, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Those of you who feel the parents should not be blamed are either naive or permissive parents yourselves. Where do you think he got the car he was driving? Who allowed him to go out late at night on a school night? If the parents were strict, they would have taken the car keys away from him if they didn't want him to go out. Has anyone thought about who this kid was drinking with? Do you think he was out drinking alone? There are plenty of unsupervised kids in Ridgewood. Just go to town on a friday afternoon where they are hanging out unsupervised, some quite young too. You people need to open your eyes!
Greg Unown January 28, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Every parent in Ridgewood is arrogant because it is basically a fact that 99% of the teens in Ridgewood drinks, and that's how it is, so everyone commenting is a hypocrite or will be as their kids get older, so get over it and your gossiping selves, he messed up we get it. And if you don't have kids and live hear, that's pathetic...
Greg Unown January 28, 2013 at 04:27 PM
You are so bored...
Greg Unown January 28, 2013 at 04:30 PM
He had no Mid-Terms Friday like a lot of seniors who had frees, do your research before you waste your time commenting.
Brian January 28, 2013 at 04:58 PM
It would be unfair to blame my parents for every dumb thing I did in High School. Parenting can keep you from doing some really dumb things but every teenager is going to do somethings they regret. This is a scary story. Luckily no one died. Let's hope that everyone involved can learn from it. We should also be proud as a society that this is even a news story. Drunk driving has been stigmatized and reduced to a point where such crashes are a news story. There was a time when hitting a parked car while driving drunk was considered a funny antidote not a condemnation of a person's character.
Barbara January 28, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Raising teenagers is a daunting experience. The kids in this town are generally quite smart. However, that's the problem. They are able to outsmart their trusting parents with lies that would fool a seasoned detective. Although parents cannot be with their kids 24/7 they must verify everything their kids say no matter how reasonable it sounds.If John is going to Bill's house to study, call Bill's parents to be sure the parents will be home and will call you when John leaves. Teenagers naturally rebel against authority and their raging hormones preclude their having common sense. Teenagers' arrogant ignnorance is dangerous and parents are at a disadvantage unless they constantly verify every statement of their kids. Parents must help each other by keeping each other informed of their kids' actions. Parents are proud of their kids, but that does not mean giving them blanket trust. And when your teenager says you don't trust me your answer should be, "Not yet."
Fan of Ridgewood January 29, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Well said, Brian
elknu nek January 30, 2013 at 06:44 PM


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