MPD: 2 teen boys involved in hit-and-run crashes while driving stolen SUV

Madison police squad car

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police said two 14-year-old boys were arrested after being involved in hit-and-run crashes while driving a stolen SUV Monday morning.

According to the incident report, the vehicle’s owner started his BMW at around 7:45 a.m. and left it to warm up.  Officials said the vehicle was gone by the time he left his home on the 1800 block of Beld St.

Witnesses said they later saw the vehicle driving recklessly in the parking lot of the BP gas station on 699 South Gammon Road.

Officers learned when they arrived that the vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run crash outside the nearby Wendy’s fast food restaurant.

Police said the vehicle was involved in a second crash at the intersection of South Gammon Road and Odana Road.

A witness told authorities that the vehicle came to a stop in the West Towne Mall parking lot.

The report said the teen boys got out of the vehicle and ran away after the vehicle sustained significant damage and was no longer drivable.

Officers chased the teens and took them to the Juvenile Reception Center on tentative charges, including operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.