Police: Teen who took car, crashed into apartment, turns himself in

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 28, 2014

Police say they’ve charged a Salisbury teen with felony hit and run after he took a rental car without permission in February and crashed it into a local apartment complex. The teen turned himself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.
Salisbury Police charged Malik Eric Johnson, 18, of the 1600 block of Standish Street with felony hit and run, misdemeanor unauthorized use of motor vehicle and probation violation.
The person who rented the car allowed the teen to sit inside the vehicle to listen to music and Johnson took the car without consent, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.
Johnson lost control of the vehicle after jumping a curb and crashed through a Zion Hills apartment. He hit a wall, pushing the wall into the apartment where a woman was sitting on her couch on the other side. She was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center with minor injuries.
He got out of the car and ran, but was later identified by witnesses who knew him, police said.
Police also said the teen did not have a driver’s license.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Johnson is on a year of probation for December 2013 convictions for assault on a school official, resisting an officer and simple assault, all misdemeanors.
He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

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