Joyride ends with crash, teen’s arrest

Published 3:32 pm Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A weekend joyride ended at the Butler County Correction Facility for one Greenville teenager.

Austin Norris, 18, of Greenville, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and criminal mischief.

Authorities say that early Saturday morning Norris drove his pickup truck over several street signs and stop signs and struck a mailbox, trash can and water meter before losing control of the vehicle, which then overturned in a ditch off County Road 75.

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Norris, along with three passengers, was transported to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital where they received treatment for minor injures.

“It’s very dangerous when someone runs over stop signs and street signs,” Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said. “If we were to get an emergency call up there, and someone that’s not familiar with the area is dispatched, they depend on those signs to get there. They could have caused some serious issues for somebody else. If someone knocks down a stop sign and somebody comes through there and might not realize it’s an intersection and doesn’t stop, then that could cause someone to get seriously hurt or even killed. We take it very seriously when someone runs over street signs. And I would think those kids were very lucky for not being hurt worse then they were.”

Harden estimates the joyride resulted in $2,300 worth of damage to state, county and water works property.

Sawyer Reeves, 21, of Fort Deposit, a passenger in Norris’ truck, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing the alcohol to Norris.