Juveniles facing charges after 20 vehicles damaged in Wayne County

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WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Three juveniles in Wayne County, Illinois face felony charges.

Deputies say they threw rocks at cars along I-64 causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damages.

Imagine driving down I-64 when all of a sudden, a rock hits your windshield.

That’s the reality of 20 drivers who were traveling the interstate Wednesday night.

Although there were no reported injuries deputies say it could have been worse.

According to reports, the calls came in around midnight.

Deputies say several juveniles were throwing the rocks from two different overpasses near the 92-mile-marker.

The juveniles were located and taken into custody.

The damages to the vehicles estimate to be nearly 20 thousand dollars total.

Wayne County Sheriff Deputy Rennie Cates says it’s a big price to pay for making the wrong decisions.

“Well you know these kids they are 17 years old and they are starting their lives with you know felony charges and extensive damage that they’re going to be liable for you know that’s not a good start to you know your young adult life.”

David Shirey who travels i-64 often to visit family says hearing cases like this is alarming.

“One thing is it’s not only about the lives of those that are driving one vehicle, but others that might be nearby.”

But Shirey reflects back to when he was a teenager and says he doesn’t believe the group of teens meant to cause any harm.

“I’m grateful that nobody was hurt. Of course, all of our hope would be that they would learn a really important lesson from this and recognize what they’ve done.”

Since then the three teens have been released back into the custody of their parents.

They are facing felony charges including vehicle endangerment and criminal damages to property.

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This story was originally published on July 25, 2019

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