PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested after stealing a car and crashing it in Providence Wednesday afternoon, according to Providence Police Captain Richard Fernandes.
Fernandes said around 4 p.m., an officer spotted an SUV driving erratically on Atwells Avenue.
The officer attempted to stop the driver, but quickly called off the pursuit due to heavy traffic, according to Fernandes.
Several minutes later, Fernandes said another officer noticed the SUV had crashed near the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Yale avenues.
Surveillance footage obtained by 12 News reveals the teen ran a stop sign and crashed into an oncoming minivan.
The impact caused the minivan to crash into a home at the intersection. The teen attempted to drive off, but lost control and crashed into the front of another nearby home.
Luis Moreno, who lives in the building the minivan crashed into, tells 12 News the car’s impact created a large crack in his living room wall.
“It basically moved the whole house,” Moreno explained.
Moreno was at work at the time, but said his own family was just seconds away from being involved in the crash.
“They were coming into the parking lot, and you can see the car almost [hit them],” he said. “It was a one-second difference.”
Moreno tells 12 News he no longer feels safe and is considering moving his family out of the capital city.
“It’s not safe anymore,” Moreno said. “You can be walking, standing here talking, and you don’t know what’s going to happen … It’s not good. Providence is getting really dangerous.”
While the teen driver stayed inside the vehicle following the crash, Fernandes said two other boys hopped out of the sedan and took off running.
The driver of the minivan, who was the only one inside the car at the time of the crash, was transported to the hospital with injuries that don’t appear to be life-threatening.
Fernandes said both boys were quickly apprehended on nearby Pomona Avenue, and are not facing any charges.
The teen driver was taken into custody and has since been charged with operating a stolen vehicle.