Teen accused of taking friend’s father’s car

Published 8:14am Monday, August 11, 2014

A Johnson City teen is facing multiple charges after police said he took his friend’s father’s car, crashed it, then fled the scene of the accident.
Kelton Brozstowski, 19, 22 Angus Court, Johnson City, was arrested by Carter County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brian Smithpeters and charged with theft over $1,000, driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.
According to Smithpeters’ arrest report, CCSD officers were dispatched to Powder Branch Road Thursday in response to a vehicle accident and a report that the driver was leaving the scene on foot.
A resident on the road told officers she had spoken with the driver, who she described as a young male, age 17-20, with blonde hair. According to the report, the driver told her he was “going too fast” and then started walking away.
The man was later identified as Brozstowski.
Smithpeters said he made contact with the owner of the 2005 Nissan Maxima and asked him if he knew where it was.
“(The owner) stated yes, that it was in his garage,”Smithpeters wrote in the report. “I then advised (him) that his vehicle had been wrecked.”
At that time, the owner contacted his son to see if he knew what had happened. Smithpeters said the son then received a text message from Brozstowski that he had “wrecked his dad’s car and was hiding from the police in the woods off of Powder Branch Road.”
Brozstowski had spent the night with the owner of the car and his son.
The father and son both reportedly stated they did not give Brozstowski permission to take the car.
Brozstowski was found and arrested.

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