Police are investigating an abandoned Dodge Stratus found New Year's Day in the middle of the northbound lane of Webb Canyon Road, north of Baseline Avenue. The keys were still in the ignition of the damaged car, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen.
The vehicle was found at around 2:39 a.m. One of the tires had broken off and there was significant damage to the driver’s side of the car, said Lt. Vander Veen.
After investigation, police believe the car had gone off the east side of the road, hitting a drainage ditch before coming to a rest in the roadway. The owner of the car was contacted, and provided the name of the person who had borrowed the car that night. At 8 a.m. that individual reported the car stolen from a party. Investigation is ongoing.
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