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Police probing teen car crash

Police are seeking information about a teenager from Crescent City who allegedly drove wildly around downtown Grass Valley early Friday morning and then flipped his open convertible on Bennett Street.

The 16-year-old boy was slightly injured and is recovering at Sutter-Roseville Medical Center, according to Capt. Rex Marks of the Grass Valley police.

“There were possibly others in the car” before the crash, which occurred at about 1:15 a.m. Friday, Marks said. “We can’t say 100 percent if there was or not, and we’re continuing the investigation.”

Police want to speak with anyone who saw the vehicle, Marks said. “The sooner we get folks to contact us, the better,” Marks said.

In particular, police want to speak with the person who called in at 1:10 a.m. to report a gray Ford Mustang convertible with the top down cruising around town spinning donuts. They also want to contact two pedestrians who were in the crosswalk at Bank Street and Hansen Way just prior to the crash.

Police allegedly saw the teen driver spinning circles around the pedestrians, Marks said. Officers then saw the vehicle speed east on Bank Street and then east again on Bennett, Marks said.

Responding officers tried to stop the vehicle, but lost sight of it at Bennett and Ophir streets, Marks said.

Minutes later, officers observed arcing power lines on the 500 block of Bennett Street next to the Durham School Services bus depot. Further investigation located the Mustang overturned and a sheared power pole, hanging power lines and about 100 feet of chain-link fence knocked down around it.

“The fire department had to lift the vehicle to get him out,” Marks said. A preliminary investigation of the crash site indicated the teen was traveling at a high rate of speed, he added.

Authorities called in a medical helicopter at about 2 a.m., which shook the neighborhood and awakened area residents. The helicopter then transported the youth to the medical center, Marks said.

Police took pictures Friday of destroyed crosswalk markings and other damage, and will compile a potential restitution list, Marks said.

Kilroy’s Towing Service employee Kevin Wasley was busy picking up debris from the Mustang Thursday morning as Pacific Gas and Electric Co. workers replaced the power pole.

“I don’t know how he lived,” Wasley said, looking over the wreckage.

The investigation into the incident continues and anyone with information is asked to call the police at 477-4600.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com, or call 477-4237.

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