Boy, 13, accused of crashing car into house

Staff report


Police arrested a 13-year-old boy who is accused of crashing his mother’s car into a neighbor’s house — and then arrested his brother, mother and his mother’s boyfriend.

Reports state that an officer on patrol just after midnight Wednesday noticed a Mercury Mountaineer had struck a home at 90 Wilda Ave. and went to investigate. The officer interviewed Tiffany Marie Hardin, 34, of 92 Wilda Ave., who said her son took the car without her permission and that her son’s friend was a passenger when the vehicle crashed.

The boy, of Orrin Avenue in Youngstown, said he had his mother’s permission and he tried to turn into his mother’s driveway when the front tire got caught on the curb and he turned the wheel, accidently pressing the accelerator instead of the brake, police said.

The boy was issued a citation for driving without a license and failure to control, in addition to being arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Police said they interviewed the passenger, Jasan D. Martin, who provided officers two different names. Realizing this, police arrested Martin, 18, of Youngstown, and charged him with obstructing official business. A search of Martin during the arrest revealed suspected cocaine, according to reports.

It was during this time, reports state, Martin was identified as Hardin’s boyfriend and Hardin became upset and argumentative, and officers gave her a court summons for obstructing official business.

Her 16-year-old son ran at officers during his mother’s arrest and said officers should arrest him, too, which they eventually did, charging him with obstructing official business and resisting arrest. The boy was released into his mother’s custody.

Meanwhile, Martin was in the cruiser and had white powder on his fingers after trying to shove suspected cocaine behind the seat of the cruiser, according to reports.

Police said two additional felony charges — tampering with evidence and possession of cocaine — were filed against Martin before he was taken to Mahoning County jail and bond set at $13,000.

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