Chase of stolen car ends in arrest of 3 Police fire at car, wounding a passenger. Three are arrested.

September 17, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A brief pursuit of a stolen car from Rosedale into the city yesterday ended with the arrest of two teen-agers and one adult after two Baltimore County officers fired at the car when the driver tried to run them down.

Police said one occupant of the car was shot in the right leg and was treated at Franklin Square Hospital before being taken into custody.

The incident began shortly after 5 p.m. when Officer Jerry Reider of the White Marsh District responded to Ripken's Cycle Shop in the 12200 block Pulaski Highway near the Harford County line to check out three suspicious males in a car.

When Reider arrived, the car was gone. However, a few minutes later, Detective Michael Crabbs, of the sex crimes unit, saw the car parked near Precision Tune at Pulaski Highway and Chesaco Avenue and learned it was stolen.

Crabbs blocked the Honda from the rear with his unmarked car, Reider the front with his radio car.

The officers got out of their vehicles. As they approached the car on foot, the driver attempted to run the officers down, police said.

The officers fired six shots at the Honda, hitting it. The car sped off and was just into the city at the Moravia Park Drive overpass when it struck a station wagon and stopped. The woman driving the station wagon was unhurt.

The Honda driver, Gerald T. Gray, 16, of the 1100 block of Wheeler Ave. in West Baltimore, was charged as an adult with two counts of attempted murder, auto theft and theft of tags.

The wounded passenger, Dana C. Newton, 19, of the 1300 block of Harford Square Drive in Edgewood, was charged with auto theft and theft of the license tags.

A 17-year-old resident of the 2400 block of Winchester St. in West Baltimore was charged as a juvenile with the same counts.

Police said Gray and Newton were held overnight at the White Marsh station lockup pending bail hearings. The 17-year-old was held at Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in Baltimore County pending juvenile action.

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