Teens charged after crashing stolen car

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NAUGATUCK — Four teenagers were arrested over the weekend after police say they crashed a stolen car downtown. Two of them had additional charges tacked on after trying to escape from the police department, according to police.

Police said two officers were conducting a motor vehicle investigation on Meadow Street at about 12:10 a.m. Saturday when a car sped by them. The car struck a guardrail, police said, and eventually become disabled near Bridge Street.

An officer located the car and saw the teens running from the scene. The four teens, who range in age from 14 to 17, were located and police determined they stole the vehicle from Hartford and drove to Naugatuck.

The teens, whose names weren’t released due to their ages, are from Naugatuck, Meriden, Vernon and Norwalk, according to police. They were all charged with a third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. Three were also charged with interfering with an officer. The 17-year-old, who is from Naugatuck, was additionally charged with reckless driving and evading responsibility motor vehicle.

The list of charges grew for the Naugatuck and Vernon teens later that morning. While they were being held at the Naugatuck Police Department, police said, they ran out of the building at about 9:50 a.m. Police caught up with them a short distance from the station. They were charged with escape from custody.

It’s unclear where they being held at the time. A message left with police spokesman Lt. Bryan Cammarata seeking further information wasn’t returned as of this post.