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January 21, 2013
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Teenager held in alleged drunken driving accident

A 15-year-old Reno boy was injured this morning after a 6:20 a.m. vehicle accident on Highway 395 near the Parr Boulevard interchange in Reno.

The teenager had been driving a red 2005 Ford Focus four-door sedan southbound on the highway just south of the Parr onramp area when he allowed his vehicle to drift off the right roadway edge. The vehicle struck a drainage culvert prior to rolling over several times before coming to rest on its wheels approximately 40 feet west of the highway. No lanes were blocked or temporarily closed as a result of the crash, according to Trooper Chuck Allen.

The teenager displayed several signs of intoxication at the scene and failed a preliminary breath test before being transported to Renown Regional Medical Center, Allen said.

Troopers met with the boy's mother at the hospital to brief her about the details of the crash. The teenager was treated and released for minor scrapes and abrasions and was placed under arrest. He was taken to the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center in Reno and booked for DUI-first offense; minor in consumption of alcohol; failure to maintain a travel lane; no valid driver's license; and no proof of insurance.

The juvenile was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash which greatly aided in the reduction of injuries, or worse, had he been thrown or ejected from the vehicle during the event.

Due to the fact he is facing criminal charges and under the age of 18, the Department of Public Safety-Media Policy prohibits the release of his name.

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The Record Courier Updated Jan 21, 2013 02:10PM Published Jan 21, 2013 02:01PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.