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Espanola area teen charged after alleged drunken joyride

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A 14-year-old from northeastern Ontario is accused of stealing a car, driving drunk and evading police after ending up in a ditch.

Officers patrolling in the Sables-Spanish Rivers Township area shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday tried to stop a vehicle being driven in "an odd manner," Ontario Provincial Police said in a news release.

"The vehicle failed to stop for police and was later located in a ditch on Sims Street," OPP said.

"Upon further investigation, police were able to determine the driver of the vehicle to be a youth, that the youth had consumed alcoholic beverages and took the vehicle without consent."

The teen, who is from Curtin Township, is charged with impaired driving, having a blood alcohol level of more than 80, dangerous operation, driving without a license, flight from a peace officer and taking a motor vehicle without consent.

He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Espanola at a later date.

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