Police arrest teen after crashing car into building

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A juvenile failed to stop for an Indiana State Trooper then crashed into a building early Saturday morning.

Police said around 12:45 a.m. Trooper Stephen Grayson was eastbound on Greenbush Street at 14th Street in Lafayette when he saw a 2005 Jeep west bound on Greenbush turn south onto Fourteenth Street without any headlights.

Police said Grayson turned his car around after the Jeep, and watched it make a right onto Morton Street, then another right to go northbound on 13th Street. The trooper activated his emergency lights once they were both northbound on 13th Street.

The Jeep did not stop and sped away, disregarding a stop sign at 13th and Greenbush streets. The Jeep then lost control and crashed into a building in the 1300 block of Underwood Street. Grayson was able to arrest the driver shortly after he got out of the Jeep.

The driver, a 16-year-old male from Lafayette, was transported to Saint Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries, and was eventually released to a parent.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Charges are pending after review with the Tippecanoe County Juvenile Court. The driver did not have a driver’s license.

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