Phenix City teen accused in crashing car driven by mother into lamp pole

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 6, 2013 

A Phenix City teen is accused of grabbing the steering wheel of a car driven by his mother Thursday and crashing the vehicle into a lamp pole on Veterans Parkway at 11th Street, Columbus police said.

Alex Arnold, 18, was charged with one count each of reckless conduct, criminal damage to property, duty upon striking a fixed object, obstruction of a driver’s control of a vehicle, striking a fixed object and not wearing a seat belt in the 1:10 a.m. accident. Arnold was held in the Muscogee County Jail on bonds totaling more than $4,700.

Police said Arnold was a passenger in a 2007 Chrysler Sebring driven south on Veterans Parkway by his mother when the teen was in a verbal dispute before grabbing the steering wheel and forcing the car into a lamp pole. Damaged to the pole was estimated at $2,000.

The boy’s mother sustained an injury to her right arm but was not treated while her son had a cut to his forehead.

Ledger-Enquirer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service