A fire suppression system at the Irving gasoline station on Grafton Street was activated after a gasoline pump was bumped by a pickup truck last night. (JOE TORTORELLI)
WORCESTER- A 15-year-old boy was arrested last night after bumping a pickup truck into a gasoline pump and starting a fire at the Irving gas station at 263 Grafton St.
The youth was arrested at the gasoline station shortly before 7 p.m. and charged with driving an unlicensed vehicle and using a motor vehicle without authority. According to police reports, Officer Brian Halloran and Officer Paul Letourneau responded to a report of a fire. An employee informed the officers that the boy ran a white 2004 Toyota Tundra into a gasoline pump, the pump fell over and the youth then attempted to flee the scene. The area around the pump was covered in fire retardant material.
Officers approached the youth and he stated that he took his father's truck without permission and did not have a license, police said. The boy's father was at work and was unaware that his son had taken his truck, police said.
"I think it's quite a mess," said Bill Carlson, manager of the gasoline station. "We're shut down right now, trying to clean up. It's unfortunate that a kid would operate a vehicle without a license."