SOMERSET COUNTY, Md. - Three youths were are facing charges, after authorities say they were involved in the destruction church property and driving a stolen vehicle, in Somerset County.
The Somerset County Sheriff's Office says on Saturday, deputies responded to Route 413, north of Marion, in reference to a reckless driving complaint. Once on scene, deputies located a pickup truck on the side of the highway in that area. Authorities report that the truck was occupied by six juveniles from Wicomico County.
According to the report, the driver, who did not have a driver's license, informed deputies that he received a call from a male friend who need a ride because his truck had broken down on the highway near that vicinity. After further investigation, deputies learned that the other truck was possibly stolen. Law enforcement officers reportedly located the other pickup truck and confirmed with the Salisbury Police Department that it had been stolen on Thursday. The stolen truck reportedly now had front end damage and a broken radiator.
During the course of the investigation, deputies say a female juvenile revealed that the driver of the stolen truck was swerving and left the highway and struck a church sign near the area where they were found. As authorities continued to investigate, they discovered that a sign had been struck and destroyed, further south in the area of Christ Fellowship Church. According to the report, there were tire tracks "donuts" in the church yard where the vehicle had been spinning around in circles to creating damage to the yard.
Deputies say parents were called for all of the juveniles inside the first truck and they took custody of there children. The truck was apparently released to the owner.
The driver of the first truck was was charged with driving without a license.
The stolen truck was apparently towed to the Somerset County Sheriff's Office impound lot.
The female passenger of the stolen truck was charged with motor vehicle/unlawful taking. She was released to her grandmother.
The driver of the stolen truck was charged as a juvenile with motor vehicle/unlawful taking, MDOP and driving without a license.
According to authorities, the Department of Juvenile Justice was called in reference to the driver of the stolen truck. He was apparently ordered to be committed to the Lower Shore Children Center, in Wicomico County.
Law enforcement says they are waiting on the church to survey the damage and provide an amount.
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