Joy-Riding Teen Smashes Into Tree, Blames Crash on Dad

A 13-year-old boy who went for a weekend joy ride in his parent's car lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree — and then blamed the wreck on his father.

Springville police say the boy took the car Saturday and picked up a friend. About 7 p.m. he hit a street sign and a tree.

Lt. Dave Caron says when officers arrived the boy said his father had crashed and left the scene to find a tow truck. After continued questioning the boy confessed.

Police aren't sure how long the boy had the car or where he had been. They're investigating the accident.

The boy's name is being withheld because of his age. Police are referring the case to juvenile court, where the boy could face charges for joyriding and driving without a license.