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Teen faces long list of charges after car hit laundromat in Hackettstown

Published On: Jul 29 2013 10:12:58 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 29 2013 10:41:43 AM EDT
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A New Jersey teen is facing numerous charges after stealing a car and hitting several objects with the car, including a laundromat, police said.

Just before 7 a.m. Saturday, Hackettstown police responded to the Willow Grove Laundromat at 111 Willow Grove St./Rt. 604 for a report of a vehicle that hit the building.

A police investigation determined that a 16-year-old boy from Wharton, Morris Co., stole the car from a Hackettstown home.


According to police, the teen driver drove the vehicle into the parking lot of the laundromat and the car ended up in the bushes.

He backed up the car, hitting the building and then drove on the sidewalk, hitting a street sign, police said.

The driver then abandoned the car on Willow Grove Street.

An officer found two teen boys walking on Willow Grove Street, and detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from them.

The 16-year-old teen driver was charged with unlawful means of taking a motor vehicle, theft, burglary, criminal mischief, having no liability insurance, unregistered motor vehicle, careless driving, unlicensed, driving on sidewalk, failure to maintain lane, failure to report a motor vehicle crash, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash and underage driving while intoxicated.

The 15-year-old male passenger, from Dover, Morris Co., was charged with unlawful means of taking a motor vehicle, theft and criminal mischief.

Both teens were released to a family member pending a court appearance.