PA teen taken into custody on DUI charges

A Pennsylvania teenager was taken into custody after police say he was under the influence of a controlled substance while driving. The DUI charge followed a hit and run incident that involved property damage. The type and extent of the alleged property damage was not revealed in the police report about the incident.

Law enforcement officials said that they found a vehicle several streets over from where the hit and run occurred. The vehicle was disabled, according to the record. The report does not state whether the teenager was at the scene where the car was found. The investigation alleged that the boy appeared to be under the influence of an undetermined substance and that is what prompted them to arrest him.

The boy admitted to speeding and subsequently hitting the curb, according to the records. Aside from driving under the influence of a controlled substance, he was charged with speeding and an accident involving an unattended vehicle that caused property damage. Those charges remain pending through the juvenile court system.

A person who is underage is generally tried in the juvenile courts, and the records are sealed at the time of the offenders eighteenth birthday. A judge could decide to penalize the teenager by sentencing him to time in a juvenile incarceration facility. A defense attorney might be able to convince a judge to be lenient in the case and allow the boy to remain in the custody of his parents if he is found guilty of the crime. An attorney might also be able to argue that the charges should be dropped or ask that the teenager be placed on probation before judgment.

Source: WHTM, "Teen charged with DUI in hit-and-run crash", Myles Snyder, November 29, 2013

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