CORNER BROOK — Two teenagers have been charged after allegedly stealing and ditching a car in Corner Brook during this past weekend.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary received a call around 2 a.m. Saturday morning that there was a vehicle in a ditch in the Riverside Drive area of the Trans-Canada Highway.
When the police arrived, there was no one in or around the 2009 Toyota Camry, but blood inside the vehicle raised concerns that someone may have been injured.
The RNC’s police dog was called in and conducted a search of the area, but no one was located.
A collision analyst investigator determined the vehicle had been driven in an easterly direction in the westbound lane of the divided Trans-Canada Highway prior to going off the road.
The RNC also learned the vehicle had been stolen from a residential property on West Valley Road in Corner Brook.
In addition, a parked vehicle in the driveway from which the crashed vehicle was stolen had reportedly been struck during the theft.
One of the 16-year-old boys, who were later arrested by the RNC, has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, trespassing at night and with breaching two court orders.
He was held in custody until a court appearance Sunday, where he was also charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
A second 16-year-old was charged with possession of property obtained by crime and trespassing at night.
He was released to the custody of his parents and will be processed in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The RNC said its investigation of the driveway collision and the highway accident are still under investigation and further charges are anticipated.