Deputies: 5 teens hurt in crash were fleeing burglary

6th teen found, questioned, released

Author: Crystal Moyer, Morning assignment desk, backup traffic reporter, cmoyer@wjxt.com
Christopher Yazbec, News editor, News4Jax.com, cyazbec@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 06 2014 05:01:35 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 06 2014 02:59:36 PM EST
St Augustine crash
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -

Five teens were treated for injuries and a sixth later found was questioned and released after a crash in St. Augustine early Monday morning in which they were trying to flee from deputies responding to a burglary call, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they were notified of car burglaries in the Heritage Park area early at 3 a.m.

Deputies responding to the scene noticed a car leaving the neighborhood heading southbound on Woodlawn Road.

An 18-year-old was driving with four other teen passengers when deputies tried to stop the vehicle.

Deputies said the driver tried to turn the car around and flee, causing it to flip and crash in a ditch at Woodlawn Road at Heritage Park Drive.

Deputies told Channel 4, they were not trying to pursue the teens, they were just trying to stop them.

One of the teens was thrown from the car. The five teens, three females and two males between the ages of 15 and 18, were taken to Flagler Hospital.

A 15-year-old who fled was later found, questioned and released, deputies said.

Detectives confirmed at least one car burglary at a home on East Red House Branch Road. Investigators said weapons were located at the scene of the crash, along with additional property believed to be from other car burglaries.

Charges are pending further investigation by detectives. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.