Teen charged with auto theft, crash
Police said they tracked a Clarendon teenager who allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle after he left his wallet in the car.
Riley J. Bedard, 17, pleaded innocent Monday in Rutland criminal court to a felony charge of aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent, as well as misdemeanor charges of careless or negligent operation and leaving the scene of crash.
The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, while the misdemeanor charges carry a maximum penalty of one year each.
According to an affidavit filed with the court by State Police Trooper Jason P. Johnson, around 2 a.m. on April 6, police responded to a report of a vehicle off the road on East Proctor Road. Police found a car that had crashed through a guardrail with sufficient force to trigger the airbag, records state.
Police could not locate the driver, but did find a wallet containing a learner’s permit belonging to Bedard, police said. Police later interviewed Bedard, who allegedly told police he had taken his friend’s mother’s car to go to McDonald’s in Rutland and had crashed on the way home and fled, according to court records.