A Baltimore police lieutenant was seriously injured when a stolen car went past a stop sign in West Baltimore and collided with his car, police said.
Lt. Ernie D. Meadows, 45, received a head injury. He was listed in serious but stable condition today at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, a hospital spokesman said.
Police said Meadows, in plain clothes, was traveling south in the 1800 block of N. Monroe St. in an unmarked police car when the collision occurred about 12:30 p.m. yesterday.
Sgt. Randy Blades of the Western District said the driver of the stolen car went past a stop sign on Westwood Avenue and "pulled right out in front of him."
Meadows' police car slammed into the driver's side of the stolen car, a 1990 four-door Honda.
The Honda was spun around and came to a stop near the Phillips funeral establishment in the 1700 block of N. Monroe St., Blades said.
Blades said the driver of the stolen car "bailed out and got away."
The Honda was reported stolen Nov. 25 in Baltimore County, Blades said.
The fugitive driver, who may have been injured, was described as a light-skinned black male, in his late teens to early 20s, between 5 feet 8 and 6 feet tall, weighing 130 to 160 pounds, with short hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a gray jacket and slacks.
"He was last seen limping away from the scene," said Agent Arlene Jenkins, a police spokeswoman.
Blades said the lieutenant, who joined the department in 1972, is assigned to the Southeastern District but was on loan to the Combined Charities Program, for which he had just finished an assignment before heading downtown.