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Community Pulse - December 12, 2008

Joyride lands Danville teens in trouble

The time honored teen tradition of doing donuts - where the driver spins the wheels of an auto forcing the car to swing around and around in circles - ended with a pair of Danville teenagers sitting in the back of a police car.

Danville police Lt. Mark Williams said shortly after midnight, Saturday, Dec. 6, that an officer was driving near John Baldwin Elementary School when he noticed a pair of autos parked with their engines running in the parking lot.

When the two vehicles left the premises, the officer pulled them over to determine what they were doing at the school so late. On approaching the auto, the officer noted that the undercarriage of one of the vehicles was coated with mud and wet grass. When he asked the driver, a 17-year-old Danville resident, why it was there, the driver admitted that he had been doing donuts on the sports fields behind the school.

A second officer was called to watch over the youths while the first officer went behind the school to check out the damage. On his return, the officer placed the driver under arrest for felony vandalism.

A search of the car turned up a backpack containing a controlled substance, as well as a quantity of marijuana packaged for sale. A 15-year-old passenger admitted the backpack was his and was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis for sale.

Estimates on the cost of repairing the damaged sports fields were not available at press time.

Williams said since the teens were cooperative and this was a first offense, both were remanded to the county's juvenile diversion program. He said that they will most likely have to make restitution for the damage as well as perform community service as part of the diversion program.

If the youths do not complete the diversion program, the case then goes to the juvenile court system.

--Geoff Gillette