A young teen driver was driving a car southbound on NW 49th early friday evening when for some reason he missed a gentle curve, left the road, plowed through some fencing and finally came to rest about 50 feet off the road. After coming to a stop a fire broke under the car. The boy managed to get out before it blew.
Arriving fire crews from Redmond, Crooked River Ranch and the BLM began spraying down the burning car along with a rapidly speading wildland fire moving southeast toward some homes on Coyner.
Firefighters stopped the southeasterly spread of the blaze – then they began attacking the fire that was lingering and smoldering in the trees, on the ground and in some tree stumps. Firefighters were expected to remain on scene this evening to ensure the fire doesn’t re-erupt from any of those sources.
The boy was placed inside a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Patrol car where he complained of a very sore neck. An ambulance was called and paramedics evaluated him and determined he could be released to his parents. Law enforcement cited the boy (as a juvenile) for DUII and no driver’s license. He did have a learners permit but without having a licensed adult driver with him.