Two Beaverton teens were arrested Wednesday after their plans to hot box a boosted car behind a middle school went up in smoke, police said.
The pair, a 15-year-old driver and his 18-year-old accomplice, were smoking marijuana inside a stolen 1995 Toyota Corolla when staff from West Sylvan Middle School confronted them around 11:30 a.m., authorities said.
That caused the teen tokers to take off, police said.
The car sped recklessly across a playing field and nearly mowed down several students before it left the school’s property, said Officer Jeremy Shaw, a Beaverton police spokesman.
School officials contacted police and were able to provide them with the vehicle’s license plate, Shaw said. Officers later located the car and tried to stop it along Southwest Denney Road, according to police.
The suspected scofflaws fled but soon struck a parked car, said Shaw. The teens then tried to bolt on foot and were arrested near Southwest Cynthia Street and 103rd Avenue, authorities said.
Shaw said the 15-year-old driver faces charges of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, felony and misdemeanor attempts to elude, and reckless endangerment.
His passenger, identified as Sebastian Whitaker-Pendarvis, was booked in the Washington County jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to police.