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Car crashes into home on northwest side

Posted at 3:05 AM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 22:24:20-04

A vehicle drove into a home on the northwest side early Friday morning, seriously injuring a teenage boy.

According to Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan, Oldfather Drive between Mars and Massingale were shut down in both directions for several hours. The road has now reopened.

Dugan said police picked up a stolen car LoJack signal around 1:40 a.m. and then spotted a gold Chevrolet crossover at I-10 and Ina Road. When police attempted to pull the car over at Cerius and Cortaro, it sped off. Police did not pursue.

A police helicopter saw the vehicle drive over a median in the street and crash into a home in the 7400 block of Oldfather. The vehicle struck the side of the home and continued into the residence where it struck an interior wall and ultimately came to a rest in a bedroom. 

Three teenagers left the car and ran away. Police found and detained all three nearby. One of the detainees is 18 and the other are 16 and 14.

The 18-year-old female was a passenger in the car and was arrested and released for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.  

The 16-year-old male was the driver in the incident and he has been charged with Felony Criminal Damage, Aggravated Assault and Endangerment. 

The 14-year-old female is being charged with Auto Theft, the vehicle belonged to the 14-year-old's grandmother and was stolen the day prior. 

The 14 and 16-year-olds were both booked into the Pima County Juvenile Corrections Center. 

The wreck injured a 17-year-old boy in the home. The car pushed his bed across the room. He was struck by the car and debris as the car traveled through his room. 

Northwest Fire immediately transported the boy to the hospital for treatment. He sustained serious injuries but these injuries appear to be non life-threatening at this time. 

The parents of the boy were home at the time of the collision but were not injured. 

The driver was also believed to be impaired at the time of the crash, but Sgt. Pete Dugan said it was "not alcohol." The vehicle's speed also appears to be a factor in this collision. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family whose house is now condemned after the car ran through it. It can be found here.

Anyone with further information on this incident is asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.