Delon A. Wiggleton, who turned 17 Friday, decided to take the family Oldsmobile for a drive without his parents' permission early that day and set off a chain of events that ended with the Olds overturned and his father's van crashed into a patrol car.
Deputy 1st Class DeWayne Curry, a spokesman for the Harford County sheriff's office, said yesterday that Delon was driving west on Singer Road near Winters Run between Route 24 and Mountain Road at 1:16 a.m. when the 1992 Olds Cutlass skidded and ran off the rain-slick road, struck a tree and overturned.
Delon was not injured. A passenger, Jason Moody, 19, of Abingdon, was treated for minor injuries at Fallston General Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile, police had called Delon's father, Johnnie Wiggleton Jr. of the 700 block Mayton Court, about the accident.
En route to the scene, Mr. Wiggleton, in a 1992 Dodge van, drove around a curve on Singer Road, hit his brakes and slid into a patrol car with flashing lights, Deputy Curry said.
No charges were filed against Mr. Wiggleton, who refused medical treatment, the spokesman said.
Delon was cited for a learner's permit violation, Deputy Curry said.
Maryland law requires a driver with a learner's permit to be accompanied by someone who is at least 21 years old and has been driving for three years. The penalty for a violation is a $260 fine and five points.