A teenage boy from Oregon apparently drove a car off a cliff intentionally, only to climb out of it alive and okay enough to chat with police.
The teenager, who has not been identified, drove the car through a historic stone wall at Ochoco Wayside State Park on Friday afternoon, according to Prineville Police.
Police had responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven off of the viewpoint of the park.
“Upon arrival, a 2000 Mazda sedan was found overturned about 150 feet from the bottom of the viewpoint near the walking trail head,” police wrote. “Officers located the driver, a juvenile male, in the vehicle, who was able to speak to officers.” He was even able to climb out of the vehicle on his own, according to the Associated Press.
The teen was transported to a hospital to be evaluated for unknown injuries. He didn’t seem to have any major injuries, the Associated Press reports. Nobody else was injured and nobody else was in the car. A “heavy duty crane” was needed to safely remove the car, a Mazda, from the hillside, which was causing a hazard as it was located not far from a roadway.
“The historic stone wall at the viewpoint was damaged as a result of the impact of the car,” police wrote. “The damage to the Mazda was a total loss, and the value of the stone wall repair is yet to be determined.”
Police are describing the incident as a “non-accidental” incident. It’s unclear if the teen will face any charges or be ordered to seek counseling.
Anybody with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Officer Clayton Hagen at 541-447-4168 or send police a Facebook message.
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