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Runaway's beach trip to Englewood ends in stolen car arrest

Runaway's beach trip to Englewood ends in stolen car arrest

By John Rinkenbaugh. CREATED Aug 19, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - A verbal fight between two teenagers Monday night in Englewood ended with their arrests and the arrests of a South Carolina woman and her son along with the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

Charlotte County deputies responded to a call about the fight in the area of McCall Road and Ibis Drive.  The deputies learned the fight was started by 18-year-old Austin James Currie of Lexington, South Carolina.

Currie's 37-year-old mother, Melissa, soon arrived and according to deputies, started yelling at witnesses.  When deputies started to arrest her son Melissa Currie pushed past one of the deputies to try and go after a witness and that led to her arrest as well.

During the course of the investigation deputies discovered that a 17-year-old involved in the fracas was a missing/runaway juvenile, driving a car that had been reported stolen out of Cayce, South Carolina.  That teen and another 17-year-old boy were found to be associated with the Currie family and investigators say they stole the car to go to the beach with other friends.
Austin Currie was charged with battery.  His mother, and booked into the Charlotte County Jail.  Following his first appearance hearing, he was scheduled to be released on supervisory recognizance.
Melissa Currie was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

The two 17-year-old's were charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.