Shot in police chase, runaway in serious shape Teen called driver of stolen truck.

August 08, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

A 15-year-old runaway, who was shot by a Howard County police officer after a high-speed chase, was in serious but stable condition today at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, a hospital spokesman said.

The resident of Riverdale in Prince George's County, whose name was not released because of his age, was flown early yesterday to Shock-Trauma in Baltimore. He was shot in the left shoulder, the hospital spokesman said.

About 12:15 a.m. yesterday, Officer Kevin Meile saw three teens in a Toyota 4-Runner speeding west on Interstate 70 near Md. 97 in Cooksville. Meile learned that the Toyota had been reported stolen and gave chase, police said.

The driver of the Toyota led Meile on a chase at speeds exceeding 75 mph, police said.

The Toyota left the interstate at Md. 94 in Lisbon and traveled south before heading east on Md. 144, police said. On Md. 144 near Cooksville, Meile and another officer tried to corner the Toyota.

When Meile got out of his car, the Toyota rammed it and knocked Meile down, police said.

The Toyota then rammed a second cruiser, driven by Officer Charles Walker, police said.

Walker got out of his vehicle and, fearing for his life and his partner's, fired one round from his handgun, striking the driver of the Toyota, police said.

Police said the Toyota then sped east on Md. 144. About a mile away, other officers stopped the Toyota, police said.

The driver had been reported as a runaway in May, police said.

The passengers, two Prince George's girls ages 14 and 13, were uninjured but were charged as juveniles with felony and misdemeanor theft, police said.

Police said the driver also faces charges.

Meile and Walker were treated at Howard County General Hospital.

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