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Fort Drum teen jailed after stolen car is wrecked in town of Diana

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CARTHAGE — A Fort Drum teenager is free on $1,000 bail after police allege she stole a car in Carthage early Saturday morning and flipped it while driving too fast on a dirt road in the town of Diana.

Ashley E. Fuchs, 17, was charged by Carthage police with fourth-degree grand larceny, and state troopers cited her with driving at a speed not reasonable or prudent and failure to keep right. Carthage Village Justice S. Lucille Shettleton set bail, sending her to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Watertown, but bail was posted for her the same day. She awaits possible grand jury action.

Village police said she called Megan Cunningham, 34451 Route 26, Carthage, and asked to borrow her car. Ms. Cunningham, who had her 2002 Pontiac Sunfire parked at 733 Alexandria St., denied the request, but police said Miss Fuchs went to that location at 12:30 a.m. and took the car.

State police say she lost control of the car at about 4:30 a.m. on the dirt road, causing it to overturn into a swampy area. She was not hurt, police said.

Miss Fuchs is a standout swimmer at Carthage Central School who in November participated in state championship preliminaries at Erie Community College, Buffalo.

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