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17-Year-Old Taken to Hospital Over Excessive Intoxication Later Explodes Home With Stolen Vehicle, Police Say

(Photo: Syracuse.com/YouTube)

In the town of Verona, New York, a distressing incident unfolded when a 17-year-old boy, reportedly highly intoxicated at the time, piloted a stolen car into a residence in Oneida. The resulting collision caused a gas leak that culminated in an explosion, obliterating the house and causing collateral damage to neighboring properties, as reported by the local police.

Preceding this event, law enforcement responded to a domestic disturbance call at a residence along State Route 31 around 11:49 p.m. on Sept. 8. The call was prompted by a dispute involving the teenage boy and his 16-year-old girlfriend, according to Syracuse.com. She sought intervention for the altercation, desiring only for the boyfriend to leave.

Troopers dispatched to the scene discovered the teenage boy without a shirt, evidently disoriented due to excessive intoxication. Recognizing the gravity of his inebriation, emergency medical services were summoned, adhering to New York State’s mental hygiene law necessitating care for those significantly impaired by substances, per the report.

Following his release from Oneida Health in the early morning of Sept. 9, the teenager proceeded to steal a 2012 Toyota Rav4. Speaking to Syracuse.com, a spokesperson for State police explained that he did not know why the teenage boy was released from the hospital.

Around 3 a.m., the boy crashed the stolen vehicle into a residence on West Elm St., severing a natural gas line. The home exploded approximately three hours later.

(Photo: Syracuse.com/YouTube)

As investigations continue, authorities anticipate pressing charges against the youth, coordinating efforts with the county attorney to determine applicable charges.

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Candie Getgen is the managing editor for Gin Raiders. Before immersing herself in the world of spirits journalism, Candie has been many things: a bartender, a literary journal editor, an English teacher — and even a poet. Now, Candie shares her passion for gin with the world and hopes to help others fall in love with it, too (if they haven't already!). When not writing, Candie enjoys sipping a Negroni while drawing or relaxing by the pool with a campy mystery novel.