Man faces charges after auto chase through city Suspect leads police on auto chase through city in stolen vehicle.

June 21, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff XpB

A 21-year-old East Baltimore man was to appear today at a bail review hearing in District Court for charges stemming from a police chase in which a city officer had his leg broken.

Police said Anthony Hawkins, of the 1400 block of Holbrook St., was being held at the Southeastern District in lieu of $20,000 bond after being charged with auto theft, assaulting officer Lonnie Maurice Hudson, 25, with a motor vehicle, and multiple traffic offenses.

A 16-year-old boy also arrested with Hawkins was charged as a juvenile with similar offenses and released into the custody of his parents.

A policeman on patrol at North and Guilford avenues around 3 a.m. yesterday began to follow a 1989 Chevrolet Blazer after the driver appeared to be acting in a suspicious manner, said Officer Tony Petralia, of the traffic investigation section.

The Blazer sped off, leading the officer and several others on a high-speed chase throughout sections of East Baltimore.

While eastbound on Orleans Street, the driver of the Blazer turned right to go south on Broadway but crashed into a retaining wall at the construction site of the Metro.

Petralia said when Hudson was exiting his patrol car to arrest the occupants of the Blazer, the driver threw the vehicle in reverse, striking the patrol car's door and breaking Hudson's left leg.

The occupants of the Blazer then bolted from the vehicle but were chased down and arrested, Petralia said.

Hudson, a four-year member of the force, was taken to nearby Church Hospital, where he was treated and released. Following his release, Hudson was temporarily relieved of duty.

At the Southeastern District station, Hawkins was formally charged and held on $20,000 bond pending today's bail review hearing.

Petralia said the Blazer was owned by Peter Connell, of Chevy Chase, and had been stolen from the 500 block of Lancaster St. in Fells Point shortly before the pursuit.

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