Teen driver steals red light cam after crash

Posted at 3:51 PM, May 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-27 15:52:53-04

MARYVILLE, Calif - After a teen driver crashed his truck into a red light camera pole, police in California said he got out of his truck and stole the red light camera, pole and all.

"That's amazing.  I can't believe somebody'd be that stupid," Lyn Hostettler, who lives near the crash scene, said.

Police in Maryville, California said the driver was speeding because he was late for work.

As the teen drove off with the pole in his truck, predictably someone noticed. Another driver took a photo of the teen, his truck and the pole.

Red Light camera

The photo made its way to police. Officers caught the 19-year-old driver at a friend's house. He was trying to get ride of the evidence, they said.

"Oh, that's classic.  He's going to remember that picture for the rest of his life," neighbor Jake Lee said.

No one was injured in the crash.  Police said the damage will cost the city a couple thousand dollars.  The driver was charged with hit and run.