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What three young people apparently thought was innocent fun, bothering motorists on Interstate 88 about 15 miles east of Dixon, Illinois, was clearly anything but.

Reps from the Lee County Sheriff's Office say the teens' actions could have gotten someone killed.

Officials say, around 4 a.m. Sunday, the call came in about three juveniles on the Brooklyn road overpass shining a bright light into drivers' eyes on the interstate below.

When officers caught up with the teens, they also admitted to throwing wood pieces down onto the roadway, and to shooting at passing cars with BB guns.

"It is pretty unbelievable that they would take such a risk by taking part in activities like that," said Sgt. Matthew Frye, a Lee County Sheriff's deputy.

"I don't know if they're just not thinking ahead of the potential problems that they could be causing. It is pretty shocking," he added.

Sgt. Frye says all of the activities the teens allegedly took part in on the interstate were incredibly dangerous for the motorists driving along the interstate at that time.

"It could distract them to the point where they themselves could leave the roadway or they could strike another vehicle," he explained.

And, although there have been no reports of damage to any vehicles on I-88 and no injuries to any of the passing motorists, drivers we talked to say they're shaken up by the news.

"I think it's shocking that teenagers are out and about that late at night with no reason to be out," said Aby Breed, a Stockton, Illinois, resident who was filling up at a gas station off of I-88 near Dixon on Monday afternoon.

"I think it's terrible. It's very dangerous to throw things on the highway," agreed another motorist at that gas station, Bill Lilly.

Officers say this is not the first time something like this has happened in the area.

"We have gotten calls similar to that in the past," Sgt. Frye said. "I'm not aware of any property damage or anything like that that's been caused from such incidents but the potential for injury is there."

In this case, deputies were nearby when the call came in and they were able to quickly find the suspects.

That's when they discovered the teens had crashed their vehicle into a ditch as they were leaving the area of the overpass and one of the suspects had to be taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

The other two were taken into custody.

"I'm glad that they caught them and hopefully they'll be held accountable," Lilly said.

All three teens are facing felony charges of Attempted Vehicle Endangerment. The teen that was driving the vehicle is facing a long list of additional charges, including driving without a valid license.

All three juveniles were released to their parents.

Officials say the message should be clear:

"It's just not worth the risk," Sgt. Frye said.

"I mean, the potential for harming another person, causing significant injury, or even just the damage that that type of activity could cause, it's just not worth the risk."

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