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Young runaway accused of crashing stolen car into vehicles

An 11-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after Portland police caught him driving a stolen car that crashed into at least three vehicles in North Portland.

A 13-year-old boy riding in the car also was taken into custody.

Both boys were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on a charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. Additional charges could be added after an investigation into the incident.

The boys’ names were not released. Both boys apparently ran away from their homes. Because they are minors, the Tribune will not publish their names.

Police said the incident began at about 8:27 a.m., May 25, when North Precinct officers responded to a report of a drunk driver that crashed into two parked cars in the 4200 block of North Juneau Street. Officers found the car in the 3300 block of North Farragut Street, about a mile from the crash. The driver and his passenger ran from the car and hid in the neighborhood. Police found them and took them into custody.