Police say teen at wheel of car that crashed into Niles house

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN)- A teenager is in custody after police say she crashed into the front of a house in Niles.

At about 10:30 a.m. Monday, a vehicle hit the porch steps of a house in the 100 block of Hartzell Avenue. That’s where David Mancini lives. He was having a good morning until then.

“I gotta have new steps. I’m more worried about this foundation thing right here. It looks shifted – the foundation,” he said.

The concrete steps are in pieces and the cinderblocks that make up the porch are shifted.

“When I come downstairs, I was standing around. I was like I didn’t know what it was at first until I looked and the steps are gone,” Mancini said.

Police say it was a 15-year-old behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit Mancini’s porch. The accident was caught on a doorbell camera.

“The female doesn’t look like she was injured. She was able to back up real quick and be on her way,” said Patrolman Shawn Crank.

Not long after, officers located the jeep abandoned outside a building at the corner of Summit Avenue and Olive Street. Police say the teenage driver was taken into custody when they were sent to an unrelated disturbance.

Officers say she’s in the juvenile detention center facing assault and aggravated burglary charges on top of the charges related to the accident including failure to control and leaving the scene.

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