MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - The McCracken County Sheriff's Office says a juvenile faces charges after they say she stole a vehicle and wrecked it.
According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Office, on Oct. 8 around 2:15 a.m., deputies were contacted for a welfare check after a Graves County deputy found a vehicle off the road in Graves County at the 31 mile marker on U.S. 45 North.
The Graves County Sheriff's Department said the deputy found a white 2008 Ford SUV with severe damage from hitting several trees. They say it was wrapped in barb wire from a fence it broke through.
The investigation led McCracken County deputies to try to find anyone involved at a home in the Peppers Mill subdivision in Paducah. As they approached the intersection of Contest and Kloss Lane, they say a 16-year-old girl was seen walking towards Peppers Mill and appeared to be injured and intoxicated.
Graves County deputies say the teen was later identified as being from Paducah.
McCracken County deputies say the investigation further revealed that the juvenile had left the home in the subdivision after drinking a large amount of alcohol to try to find cigarettes.
They say the juvenile found a vehicle unlocked with the keys in the ignition, took the vehicle and drove it while intoxicated to Hucks Convenience Store in Lone Oak where they say she tried to buy cigarettes, but was denied.
They say the juvenile then drove the vehicle into Graves County where they say she lost control and came to a rest off the road.
McCracken County deputies say the juvenile then walked from the crash site to where they found her.
The juvenile was taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries and was released to a parent.
According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Office, the ongoing investigation revealed that the juvenile hit two mailboxes in the Peppers Mill subdivision and damaged them.
The juvenile was cited by the Graves County Sheriff's Office with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, license to be in possession and failure to report an accident in excess of $500.
The McCracken County Sheriff's Office charged her with theft by unlawful taking of an auto and criminal mischief to two mailboxes.
The McCracken County Sheriff's Office said the Court Designated Worker's office was contacted in reference to the case.