Juvenile Faces Charges After Wrecking Stolen Car - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

11/22/04

Juvenile Faces Charges After Wrecking Stolen Car

Police say a 13-year-old boy is in big trouble with the law for causing a wreck last night on Savannah's east side that hurt two children. To make matters worse, police say the car he was driving was stolen. 

A four-year-old little girl is still in critical condition. An another girl, a sixteen year old, has a concussion.

Police say 13-year-old Donald Mitchell caused the accident last night when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Gwinnett and Paulsen Streets. Mitchell was driving a stolen white Buick. He hit a red Geo Metro.

"Five people were in the vehicle, two of them were injured or required medical attention," said Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

Mitchell ran away from the crash, but police found him a short time later.

The DA's office say he faces charges for possession of a stolen auto, leaving the scene of a serious accident, and causing serious injury with a motor vehicle.

This isn't the first time the 13-year-old has been in trouble with the law. According to his criminal history, he has spent time here at the Savannah Regional Juvenile Detention Center for battery, criminal damage to property and robbery.

Mitchell was committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice, but what authorities can't tell us is why he was released so soon for felony offenses in the first place. Because he's a juvenile, his records are sealed.

Mitchell was in court today for his preliminary hearing, but it was postponed until tomorrow so he can have a lawyer present.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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