Young driver slams into several vehicles

March 21, 2008 8:52:06 PM PDT
Eyewitness News first showed you pictures on Thursday night; a number of vehicles damaged, and eyewitnesses say it's all thanks to a teenager who came blazing through their apartment complex. And now, the folks who live on Enclave Parkway near Briar Forest are asking some questions and demanding answers in the process.

Those whose cars were damaged while parked outside their apartments at Enclave Parkway near Briar Forest are still trying to figure out what they can do about it.

"In the back of this truck, my wife had a lot of stuff," said Peter Ramirez, who had planned to use his wife's car Friday to drive to west Texas.

"I don't know what's going on. I was shocked," he said.

Late Thursday night, he, like several others in this Houston apartment complex, discovered that someone had slammed, at high speed, into their cars.

Ramirez hates to think what might have been if his wife and two young children were inside.

"God forbid that happen," he said.

At least four cars were damaged -- eyewitnesses say that number might be more like a half-dozen -- by a teen who got behind the wheel of an SUV on Thursday night.

Eyewitnesses say he sped through the complex, seemingly without regard to the amount of damage he was doing.

"I was kind of shellshocked just to hear the enormous noise, the 'bam!' the 'boom!'" Anthony Cummings said.

Eyewitnesses like Cummings say the episode finally came to an end when the teen stopped the vehicle, then he was surrounded by people who called police and made sure that they knew who he was when authorities arrived.

"He acted like it didn't bother him," said Lilly Edwards, who approached the teenager and tried to get insurance information to file a claim for her repairs. What she said she got next was anything but helpful.

"He was like, 'Take me to jail. Take me to jail.' I said, 'Excuse me?' Edwards recalled. "He said, 'Take me to jail. I don't care, I did it.'"

Victims told Eyewitness News on Friday that police told them the teen actually was arrested for stealing the SUV from a friend, then taking the SUV on a joyride around the apartment complex. Police so far have been unable to confirm that account.

Despite repeated requests on Friday, police have not given an official account of what happened, nor have they been able to tell Eyewitness News whether that teen was arrested.

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