Eight people were injured yesterday when a group of teen-agers joy riding in a stolen car slammed head-on into another vehicle while being pursued by a Baltimore County police officer, authorities said.
Six youths ages 13 to 17 who were riding in the stolen 1989 Hyundai were injured, along with a couple whose Jeep Comanche was demolished in the head-on collision about 1 p.m. on York Road.
Officer John R. Kilgore Jr. of the Cockeysville precinct spotted the youths in the car at the Shawan Center at York and Shawan roads in Hunt Valley. Because most appeared to be of school age, he decided to check them out, police said.
As Officer Kilgore approached in his cruiser, with emergency lights flashing, the Hyundai sped north onto York Road. The car traveled about a half-mile before it sideswiped a southbound car and then collided head-on with the Jeep Comanche.
The driver and three other teens were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Another was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital; the sixth was released after treatment at St. Joseph Hospital, police said.
The couple in the Comanche, Lawrence L. Webber, 33, and his wife, Cynthia W. Webber, 30, of the 6900 block of Donachie Road, Glenmont, were released after treatment at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Police said the Hyundai had been reported stolen just after 11 a.m. from a shopping center in the 200 block of North Point Boulevard.