Witness: Teens crash stolen car into DeKalb ravine

Updated:

Loading

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Tow truck crews had a tough time removing a stolen car from a ravine Monday afternoon.
 

“I heard the crash and they went straight over the ravine and over the fence,” said witness Daryl Plunkett.
 
The incident happened near Austin Park Lane in Decatur.
 
Plunkett says he saw the car crash through a fence, and hit two poles, sending the car flying in the air and crashing more than 80 feet below in an old retention pond. It barely missed a fire hydrant.
 
“I heard the bang; a loud bang,” said witness Peggy Baughns.
 
Baughns says she called 911 after she looked outside and saw the car hit the wall in the retention pond.
 
“And I saw two, look like, young people, cause I'm telling 911 that it looks like there are two young people,” Baughns said.
 
When police and paramedics arrived, they only found a 14-year-old boy. He was transported with minor injuries.
 
Plunkett saw two young people in the car. He talked to the 14-year-old boy who remained at the scene.
 
“He said his friend ran to get help or something. I don't know how he could have gotten out of there, though,” Plunkett said.
 
Police say the car was stolen from a MARTA parking lot. Tow crews had a hard time removing the smashed-up car from the pond. They snapped two cables and flipped the car over trying to get it out.
 
Neighbors say it all made for an exciting Labor Day.
 
“I guess it was like something out of the movies,” Baughns said.
 
Authorities don't know what made the teens go over the wall. Tow truck workers brought out a larger truck and were able to get the car out the ravine about 3:30 p.m.