Auburn firefighters survey the damage to an SUV that crashed into the building at the corner of Charles Street and Western Promenade in Auburn late Friday afternoon. The occupants fled the scene and according to police reports, the driver was apprehended shortly afterward and they were looking for the other two occupants. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

AUBURN – Auburn police have charged 18-year-old Blaze Smalls of Auburn with failure to stop for an officer, criminal mischief and operating without a license, after a brief encounter ended with a crash Friday.

According to Sgt. Gary Boulet, Officer Travis Barnies turned on his lights to stop Smalls for a stop sign violation on Gamage Avenue at 4:30 p.m.

When Smalls drove right by, Barnies recognized the local man. Boulet said by the time Barnies turned his car around to pursue Smalls’ tan SUV, it had crashed into the Margaret Murphy Center for Children at the corner of Charles Street and Western Promenade .

The two unidentified passengers with Smalls fled the scene, and Boulet said police will not be pursuing them.

No injuries were reported.

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