DNA helps police arrest teen in stolen SUV hit-and-run

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A 14-year-old boy is in custody after police spent months working to track him down.

As NBC15 first reported in September 2018, Madison Police were looking for three teenagers who had crashed a stolen SUV into another vehicle on the corner of South Gammon Road and Mineral Point Road.

Madison Police said the Madison teen was identified as the suspect, through DNA testing by the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory.

Police arrested the teen on counts of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, hit-and-run, reckless driving-endangering safety, violating red traffic signals and more.

Officers contacted the family whose SUV was stolen in 2018. They told police the investigation and burglary had taken “significant emotional toll” on their family, so much so that the family decided to move out of safety concerns.