14-Year-Old Crashes Stolen Car Into Pole in East Haven

A 14-year-old was taken to the hospital after he stole a family member's car, led police on a chase and crashed into two utility poles on Main Street near Kimberly Avenue in East Haven early Wednesday morning, according to police.

Police said they first noticed the vehicle around 3:30 a.m. because it was traveling with its lights off. When an officer tried to get the driver's attention, the teen ignored him and sped off. Police released some dash camera video of the incident.

The car struck one utility pole on Main Street then a second on the corner of Main Street and the Kimberly Avenue Extension.

Police said the teen was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released.

Lori Marcucci lives in the area and heard the accident.

“We heard a huge crash. At first I thought somebody hit my car," Marcucci said.

“My neighbor lives right downstairs, and we thought, ‘Oh my God, if they ever hit her,’ that’s her bedroom right there," she added.

Two utility poles were damaged and live wires came down when the crash occurred.

A portion of Main Street and part of Kimberly Avenue have been closed for hours as crews work to repair the poles.

The teen was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for minor injuries and has been released.  

Police said charges are pending.

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