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14-year-old cited for DUI after crashing sister's car into home

Posted at 2:05 PM, Sep 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-30 19:55:36-04

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A 14-year-old St. George teen was cited for DUI and other violations early Thursday after he allegedly stole his sister's car and crashed it into a nearby home.

Police were called to the home around 1 a.m. after the boy crashed the car and set the building on fire.

"I had rolled over and gone to sleep for probably about 10 minutes and 12:58 is about when it was just heard a very loud crash," said Duke Flowers, the person who rented the home.

"Came around the side of the house to the front to hear someone in the car screaming, 'Help me! Someone help me!'"

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No one was injured during the incident, but the Flowers family had to rush to safety as the home lit up in flames.

"Everything else didn’t matter, I just ran right downstairs and made sure we had everybody and we were right out the door," recalled Duke's daughter, Kami.

St. George DUI teen

A neighbor heard what was going on and helped pull the teen out of the car.

"My superhero neighbor, Sam, was there." said Flowers. "He removed the debris and was able to open the door and get this kid out."

"There was a few wood blocks and 2x4s blocking his way to open it, we just pulled those out of the way and he was able to at least walk out," shared the neighbor Sam Sampson.

The fire quickly spread throughout the home, rendering it a total loss.

"Its just a little traumatic, but we will just come out stronger," Flowers said. "You know what, I did not care about anything but our five kids and I had to count them multiple times and make sure we had all of them."

"I love my wife and kids and we are going to figure this out."

Luckily, the Flowers, who were just renting while they build a home in St. George, were covered with renters insurance.

In addition to the DUI, the teen was cited for operating without a driver's license and violating curfew.