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Sheriff: Teen mows down signs, overturns truck on joyride

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BUTLER CO., AL (WSFA) -

The Butler County Sheriff says a teenager's joyride with friends ended with four people being sent to the hospital and several thousand dollars in property damage. 

It happened at 5 AM Saturday on County Road 75 in northern Butler County. 

Sheriff Kenny Harden says the driver of a pick up truck ran over several street signs and stop signs and struck a mailbox, trash can and water meter before losing control of the truck. The vehicle ran into a ditch and overturned.

The driver of the truck, Austin Norris, 18, of Greenville, and three other passengers were taken to the hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released. Harden says there were two other passengers in the truck at the time of the crash who were not injured and ran from the scene. 

Norris was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and criminal mischief. 

A passenger, Sawyer Reeves, 21, of Fort Deposit, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing the alcohol. 

Harden says the incident left behind $2300 to state, county and water works property, not to mention the damage to Norris' truck. 

"It's very dangerous when you run over stop signs and street signs that people use to go by. 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 so they could have caused some serious issues for somebody else. Or if you knock down a stop sign and somebody comes through there and might not realize it's an intersection and doesn't stop, then you could cause someone to get seriously hurt or even killed. So we take it very seriously them running over street signs," Sheriff Harden said. "And I would think those kids were very lucky for not being hurt worse then they were."

The Department of Transportation for the state and county were notified and came out to put the signs back up immediately. 

Norris has since posted bond. 

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