BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC)- 303 cars have been stolen Quad City wide since the beginning of 2017 and 233 of those were stolen in Davenport.
But, a Bettendorf case is now showing that juveniles can be charged as adults for stealing cars.
The Scott County Attorney’s Office files to charge kids as an adults if they’re over the age of 16 in these cases, but that is not always granted.
It has been granted in at least one case, where a now 17-year-old stole two cars and in one case drove on the wrong side of the road while leading police on a chase.
According to court documents obtained by TV-6, on April 19th, then 16-year-old Trevelyan Pugh and at least four others got into three unlocked cars in the 4700 block of Surrey Court in Bettendorf.
Three people were home at the time and court documents say a victim saw at least one person in the garage of the home after the garage door was opened from one of the cars that was broken into.
A Silver Mitsubishi Endeavor was parked on the street in front of the house with the keys inside, it was the only car taken from the home.
Bettendorf Police Officers later spotted that Mitsubishi SUV on Middle Road near 18th street, officers then initiated a traffic stop on Middle Road near I-74.
Court documents continue to say Pugh, drove the wrong way on Middle road, turned into a gas station near Duck Creek Plaza hitting a barrier for one of the gas pumps.
He then lead police further, near 920 Middle Road, where he jumped out of the moving SUV and ran from police.
After an extended foot pursuit, he was later caught and arrested.
In this case, Pugh is charged with Eluding, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, no valid driver’s license and driving on the wrong side of the road.
In a separate case, he has been charged with second degree theft after getting caught driving a stolen Chrysler 200 on April 16th in the 700 block of Division Street.
More court documents say that on May 11th he was waived to adult court for a number of reasons, including prior adjudications for 2nd degree burglary, 2nd degree criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit a felony and operating without owner’s consent. He is also facing an outstanding warrant for theft, criminal trespass to vehicle and three charges of vehicle theft in Rock Island, Illinois.
Documents say probation hasn’t worked, he has continued to associate with negative peers, commit new crimes and fail to attend the requirements for supervised probation with the exception of community service hours. He has also been placed on probation previously in Indiana for…