Joyriding may seem like a quaint thing that only happened back in the mid-20th century, but it still happens. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is the act of stealing a vehicle temporarily as a way of having fun. It’s usually done by teenagers, and it is a crime.
Wrecks are common on joyrides because the drivers have no consideration for the vehicle. One young man sent police on a high-speed chase through Rockdale County after he stole a vehicle for a joyride. According to the victim, she had gone to pick up a friend before going on vacation when she saw the alleged perpetrator walking through the neighborhood. She had seen him before, so she waved and went into the house to pack. The keys to the vehicle in the driveway were on the floor of the driver’s seat.
As they came out, they saw the man leave nearby bushes, jump into the car, and drive off with her Buick. 911 was called and the car was spotted about 10 minutes afterward by deputies. A chase ensued which ended when a tire blew out after striking several curbs. The 17-year-old tried to run away on foot and was apprehended. The mother of the alleged thief gave them more information to help the police build the case, but the victim would rather see her take responsibility by paying for the car repairs. Hopefully she will pay up, but it she doesn’t there are other options.
Most people go to personal injury lawyers when they have a physical or mental injury after an incident, but property damage costs can also be covered by compensation. If you have had your property damaged after a criminal act, speak with John Foy & Associates to discuss your case. Your call is free.