The boy, who will turn 18 in just a few days, reported his father’s Ford F-150 stolen shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, the report said.
As deputies searched the area for the truck, they found it stuck in the snow near a damaged utility pole at Poorman and Stanley roads. Tire tracks indicated the vehicle collided with the pole, then its driver backed across the road before getting stuck, the report said.
While deputies continued their search, a highway worker quickly flagged down them down to share what he had just witnessed. The worker said he saw the boy walking down the road and asked him what happened. The boy admitted to the worker he’d wrecked the truck, then reported it stolen because he was scared, the report said.
When officers confronted the boy with his confession, he admitted to filing the false theft report and was taken to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.
He was charged with falsification, failure to control, leaving the scene of an accident, juvenile delinquency and juvenile traffic offender.