Green Bay teen charged with stealing car, crashing into house

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Charges have been filed against a 17-year-old Green Bay resident accused of stealing a car and crashing it into a Green Bay home.

Tahlee Anthony Leatherwood is charged with Fleeing/Eluding; Operating A Motor Vehicle Without Owner's Consent; and Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

On May 11, police were notified that a vehicle had been stolen from the 1400 block of Admiral Court. The driver had borrowed the car from a friend to drive to work. He stopped outside his building to pick up his ID. He left the vehicle running with the keys inside. As he came out of the building, he saw someone driving the car away.

He used the Find My iPhone function to follow the stolen car down W. Mason St. and Packerland Dr. They continued north on Hinkle St., then east on Larsen Rd.

The stolen vehicle, driven by Tahlee A. Leatherwood, turned north on Taylor St. and east onto Western Ave. "With the short time frame between changes of locations and distances traveled, the suspect vehicle was assumed to be driving at a high rate of speed," reads the criminal complaint.

Police saw Leatherwood make a U-turn in the middle of Admiral Court. Officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, which nearly hit a squad and then traveled southbound in the northbound lanes.

Leatherwood eventually crashed into a home in the 1300 block of S. Fisk St.

Police took Leatherwood into custody. He was not hurt.

A man and his mother were in the home. The woman was in the living room when the vehicle came through the wall and into the room next to her. They were not hurt.

Police sat down with Leatherwood. "Ask me anything you want," he said.

Leatherwood told police he was driving about 80 mph when he crashed.

He said he stole the car because the driver had been talking about fighting him.

Leatherwood was booked into the Brown County Jail. Staff said they found two counterfeit $20 bills on him.

Leatherwood is set to make his next court appearance June 11.