Teenage actor Jake T. Austin is facing a hit-and-run charge after his vehicle was involved in a four-car accident. The former Wizards of Waverly Place star's Audi allegedly smashed into three parked cars in Sherman Oaks, California in November (13) and the passengers were not present when police arrived on the scene.
At the time, it was not known if Austin, real name Jake Austin Szymanski, was directly involved in the crash but he was listed as the legal owner of the Audi.
The 19-year-old actor, now starring in TV series The Fosters, has been charged with one count of misdemeanour hit-and-run, according to a report by TMZ.com.
If convicted, he could face up to six months in prison and a fine.
Teenage actor Jake T. Austin is at the centre of a hit-and-run investigation after his vehicle was involved in a four-car accident in California in the early hours of Tuesday (19Nov13). Police were called to the scene of the crime in Sherman Oaks at around 3am after a 2010 Audi registered to the former Wizards of Waverly Place star allegedly smashed into three parked cars, causing serious damage.
Witnesses tell TMZ.com one of the Audi's passengers had thrown a bottle of Ciroc vodka out of the car and onto a property nearby, before calling a car service to send a driver to pick them up. They had left before officers arrived to question them.
It is not yet known if Austin was directly involved in the crash, but the 18 year old, real name Jake Austin Szymanski, is listed as the legal owner of the Audi.
Police are currently investigating the incident and no arrests had been made as WENN went to press.
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