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A juvenile joy ride ended in destruction Saturday night in Newton.
A truck packed with five juveniles crashed into the left side of a Newton womanâ€™s home. The accident left two of the passengers injured and a gaping hole in the residence. The juveniles' names were not released because of their ages.
Newton police say a patrolling officer spotted a 2007 Toyota truck pulling out of a shopping center on 20th Street at about 8:52 p.m. Saturday. After the truck full of minors noticed the police cruiser, authorities say the vehicle took off rapidly down 20th street.
The truck continued along 20th street until it reached a sharp left curve near the N. College Avenue overpass. The juvenile driver then lost control of the truck and took a hard right into the side of a residence at 317 E. 20th St.
The truck partially entered the home and tore a large hole in the residenceâ€™s brick exterior.
Two of the juvenile passengers were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The juvenile driver left the scene but was later located at the Catawba County Jail with his mother.
â€śHe had fled the scene and gone home, but his mother brought him to the jail,â€ť Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough said.
No one was home at the time of the crash, but Martha May Harris, the property owner, and Charles Franklin Fisher, the homeâ€™s tenant, both suffered property loss, Yarborough said.
On Tuesday, a large hole in the left side of the house was covered by five 10-foot by 5-foot pieces of plywood. Four large, orange â€śXâ€™sâ€ť and "Oct. 1, 2011" were painted on the wood.
The truckâ€™s collision with the home also knocked over a large, metal antenna that formerly sat on the houseâ€™s roof.
Pieces of the gaping hole were still visible, and cracks in the homeâ€™s brick exterior extended along the walls.
Catawba County deemed the home unsafe for living, and the residence is currently surrounded by yellow caution tape.