A teen was arrested early Thursday morning after crashing into a utility pole while texting and driving.

At 9:04, the Houston Police Department and the Missouri Highway State Patrol responded to a single car accident involving a 16-year-old driver and Sally Rider, 40 of Houston, on the corner of First and Walnut St.

Sgt. Nathan Poynter arrested the suspect on scene and questioned Rider, who stated she couldn’t remember anything.

Poynter stated that a phone was found in the vehicle with a text message, leading authorities to believe that the suspect was texting and driving.

Poynter said, “The driver seemed to be texting, not paying attention, ran off the road and crashed into a utility pole.”

The suspect was driving a green and brown 1992 Ford Festiva and authorities said he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

One witness, Marci Sharp of Houston, stated she was leaving the post office when she heard a “big bang” and saw the suspect trying to flee the scene.

Charges on the unnamed suspect are pending. He is being held at the Texas County Jail.

Rider was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries.

No further information has been given at this time.

The following story was written by two Houston High School students as part of the Constitution Project competition. The students participated in a mock press conference to gather details from a mock accident. This article was submitted into the statewide contest.

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