UPDATE: Faison Rec Center Repairs Could Take Weeks After Teen Drove Van Into Gym

It could take weeks to make repairs to the Faison Rec Center after a teen drove a minivan into the building damaging the kitchen

Faison Mayor Elmer Flake says the town is waiting on an insurance adjuster. One contractor we spoke with says work would take 2-3 weeks. A basketball league starts in 2 weeks, and they'll likely loose some money with the kitchen being closed during that time.

Troopers say Monday night, a 14-year -old boy ran a stop sign at Park and College Roads while driving his mom's minivan. The boy was not hurt but charges are pending. Damage is estimated to be about 20 thousand dollars.

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State troopers will consult with the district attorney over what charges a 14-year-old should face after they say he drove a van into a community gym.

It happened Monday night at the Faison Recreation and Wellness Center in Duplin County.

The Highway Patrol says the teen used his mom's van to drive into the gym. The 14-year-old boy is okay, but there's an estimated $20,000 damage to the building.

The crash happened around 5:15 p.m., and luckily no one was at the center at the time. The town says the van ended up in the facility's kitchen, leaving a big hole. The facility remains open while workers are now repairing the damage.

Troopers say the youth missed a stop sign, and then ran into the building. They say the teen managed to drive off, and the van was found at a nearby trailer park.


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  • by me Location: faison on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    What this story left out was that this boy is a young Hipsanic gang member that is also a drug dealer that was high as a kite. His family are illegal and we will be aying the bill and yes these are facts because I livem there.
  • by V on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    I want to know how far his home was from the facility. Exactly how long was the vehicle and child missing? Was he alone? Also want to know if the parents knew he was going to the rec. center? Isn't that key? Hate when the news only prints a sliver of the story! Happens all the time on WITN. WHY?
  • by jd Location: winterville on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    my elderly parents and many others like them use this facility every day. what if they had all been in the kitchen eating their lunch when this happened?
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Dec 28, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    Okay; I see he left the scene after running into the building. That's hit & run.
  • by Lee on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    Probably too much Duplin Wine ;)
  • by anon Location: greenville on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    To all of you who choose to make smartmouth comments about the boy's parents, I hope your own kids do this plus so much more, and then we'll see what kinds of comments you choose to make then.
  • by JG Location: Greenville on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    Come on people... Is this the first kid you have ever heard of joy riding and it ended badly...wow what generation are you folks from? No, he shouldn't have done it and chances are real good, he won't again and he will be 18 before he gets a real driver's licenses now.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    Way to go crash test dummy.
  • by Meg on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    Poor kid! He must have been scared to death. In his panic he ran away afraid to face the consequences. NC needs to change the laws about driving for young teens. Fourteen is way to young to be driving. They haven't matured enough to handle that kind of responsibility. Wasn't he suppose to have an adult in the car with him? Where were his parents?
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      by Brittany on Dec 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM in reply to Meg
      The legal age for driving in NC is NOT 14. it's 16, if you take the appropriate drivers ed course and get a permit to drive with an adult for a year before-hand.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 28, 2011 at 02:58 PM in reply to Brittany
        Yep!
  • by Miranda on Dec 28, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    ummmm....hit and run, leaving the scene of a crime, damage to property...what a laundry list!
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