Wanzay Denson of Fort Lauderdale was booked Friday afternoon into the Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of fleeing and eluding that caused serious injuries. He was released under supervision after posting a $1,000 surety bond.
Authorities say the 17-year-old was driving a black Acura MDX when it crashed shortly before 10 a.m. July 23 on West Palmetto Park Road east of Interstate 95. Five other teens, ranging in age from 15 to 19, were also in the SUV, police records show. One fractured his skull. Another broke her spine.
Their car crashed into two others and injured two men, including a 48-year-old father of two who was only a few minutes from home.
The high-speed chase followed reports of a home burglary and an armed robbery all within a few-mile area in Boca Raton.
The first happened shortly after 8 a.m., police records state. A woman heard banging noises and saw three males kicking in the back window of her neighbor’s home just north of West Palmetto Park Road east of Interstate 95. The burglars reportedly took an Apple computer monitor, a MacBook Pro and some jewelry.
Authorities said they found Omar Khan’s fingerprints on a pencil holder in the home. Khan, the oldest of the six teenagers later found in the Acura SUV, did not have permission to be in the house, the home owner told police.
About an hour later, that SUV reportedly fled from an armed robbery in a parking lot on the 900 block of North Federal Highway, south of Glades Road.
An officer quickly spotted the SUV heading west on Yamato Road.
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Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities, who are investigating the crash, said Denson likely sped through a stop signal on westbound Palmetto Park Road before he wrecked.
Authorities found a gun, the robbery victim’s wallet and other stolen items in the car.
It appears police filed charges against Denson and Khan hours after the wreck, though both spent time in a hospital before being booked into a detention center.
As of Tuesday, Khan remained in the county jail on theft and burglary charges, as well as an out-of-county warrant.
A Boca Raton police spokesman said the department expects to file more charges in that crash and earlier thefts.