Teen driver accused of running over mailbox, crashing through house faces charges in Lee’s Summit

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A teenager behind the wheel when a car crashed through a Lee’s Summit home Thursday night is now facing municipal charges for careless driving, according to police.

The accident happened near Langsford at Greystone Drive around 7:30 p.m. No one was hurt.

Police say the driver is a 17-year-old high school student who is considered an adult in the Missouri court system.

Police tell FOX 4 the teen was traveling with another teenage passenger and was driving in a “reckless and careless manner.” Police say he had already run off the road and taken out a mailbox about 100 feet South of where he hit the house. Witnesses also told police they saw the teen run a stop sign.

Sgt. Chris Depue with Lee’s Summit police says officers who responded to the crash issued the driver two tickets after the accident, which translate to municipal charges. He is now facing two counts of careless and imprudent driving; one count for running off the road and hitting a mailbox, and one count for losing control and driving through the house.

Sgt. Depue says officers interviewed witnesses and the passenger, however, once investigators began asking the driver questions about the crash, his parents arrived on scene and told him to stop talking to police, citing the absence of a lawyer. Sgt. Depue says the family then left.

Sgt. Depue says it is the teen’s legal right to have an attorney present when giving a statement to police, however, says it can make their crash investigation more difficult because they must now only rely on the physical evidence, and the statements of witnesses and the passenger to determine how this happened.

Police say it is obvious the teenage driver lost control, but they ruled out the possibility of intoxication or a medical emergency.