A Finksburg man is charged with car theft and negligent driving for allegedly taking a family member's car without permission and hitting seven parked cars in Westminster before fleeing the scene.
Victor Lee Meshach Smith, 18, of the 1500 of Deer Park Road, is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, unauthorized removal of property, failure to stop after an accident, attempting to flee police on foot and related offenses, according to electronic court files.
Smith was being held Monday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.
A Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to Smith's home around 12:45 a.m. Friday for a report of a stolen car, according to charging documents.
The alleged victim told police Smith, his nephew, took the car without permission shortly after midnight, according to the documents.
A description of the car was broadcast and a second deputy saw the vehicle going west on Md. 32 in Westminster with extensive damage to the front end, according to the documents.
After following the vehicle to the YMCA, the deputy tried to make contact with the driver, but he got out and allegedly ran before being detained and identified as Smith, according to the documents.
While investigating, deputies learned Westminster Police were investigating a hit-and-run incident, believed to be related, in which seven parked cars and a light pole were struck on South Center Street, according to the documents.
Smith was taken into custody and transported to Carroll Hospital before being taken to the detention center's central booking facility, according to the documents.