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Mount Olive police: Teen babysitters take employer's Mustang on joy ride, crash

Authorities say two teenage babysitters took their client's Ford Mustang on a joyride and crashed it in New Jersey over the weekend.

Mount Olive police say the 17-year-old Budd Lake boys face numerous charges, including auto theft. One of them also was charged with child neglect.

The crash occurred around 12:50 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities say the pair sneaked out of the home and took the car for a spin, but soon crashed it into a tree.

The boys fled on foot, but a police officer who responded to the accident recalled seeing the vehicle parked outside a nearby home. He went to the residence and eventually learned that the boys were supposed to be babysitting when they decided to take the car out.

Both teens suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The first juvenile was charged with auto theft, child neglect, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, and graduated driver's license - operation after hours. The second juvenile was charged with auto theft, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, reckless driving, failure to maintain a lane and graduated driver's
license - operation after hours.

They were released to a parent/guardian, and both have pending court appearances.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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