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A 13-year-old boy may face juvenile assault charges after he was taken into custody following a car accident earlier this month.
Officers found the boy, as well as his mother and her ex-boyfriend, at about 2 p.m. Sept. 12, moments after the car they were riding in crashed in the 600 block of South Main Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
When police arrived, they spoke with the driver, a 35-year-old Lancaster woman, who said she was driving with her son and ex-boyfriend when the wreck happened. The three people were not injured, the report said.
Officers noticed that the man was restraining the boy in the front seat of the car, the report said.
The man told officers they were driving the teen to a 2 p.m. S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice court appearance.
As they were driving, the teen became very “combative” with his mother, the report said.
“(The man) said (the teen) began assaulting him and (his mother) and grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle, pulling it to the right into the curb causing the passenger side front tire to burst,” a responding officer wrote in the report.
The man then grabbed the teen to stop him from assaulting the two adults, and also to prevent him from leaving the car while it was moving, the report said.
“(The teen) moved from the rear seat of the vehicle to the front during the incident, kicking (the man) in the face in the process,” an officer wrote in the report.
Officers took the teen into custody and brought him to the police department on juvenile charges, the report said.
Due to his age, the boy was not arrested and no warrants were served on him, though officers filed a juvenile petition on him for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, the report said. He was later taken to DJJ in Columbia.
According to DJJ’s website, once a juvenile is transferred into their custody, representatives interview the juvenile and then make recommendations to the respective county’s solicitor’s office.
The solicitor often has the option to require the juvenile to enter a diversion program, make restitution, sign a behavioral contract with specific conditions or enter a community service program. The solicitor also has the option to dismiss the case or prosecute the juvenile.
The teen’s original charges with DJJ were unknown Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416