Giving a powerful car to an inexperienced driver is always going to be a recipe for disaster – but three teen thieves’ lack of talent behind the wheel actually worked in the public’s favor in Missouri last week.
According to Fox 2, the thieves travelled over three hours to a Dodge dealership in St. Peters, Missouri in order to steal cars. They ended up leaving with two Dodge Challenger Hellcats and a Dodge Charger 392, but they didn’t make it very far.
All three of the cars were crashed about a mile down the road, forcing the trio to flee on foot. They were caught by police after a brief foot chase, with the two older offenders, Deandre Chiney, 17, and Jordon Neely, 19, now in jail facing a number of charges. Their 16-year old accomplice will be charged in juvenile court.
St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss confirmed the absence of the teens’ driving skills.
“They lost control of them fairly easily,” Doss said. “They made it less than a mile.”
Unfortunately, the manager of the Dodge dealership the cars were stolen from, Frank Schaffer, will now have to try and allocate replacements. It won’t be easy, as demand for the Hellcat has made it hard for Fiat Chrysler to keep very many in stock. Luckily for him, one of the cars survived the ordeal unscathed.
“It’s going to take several months to replace before Chrysler will give me allocation to replace them, so this one left is kind of special,” Schaffer said.