2 police cars among 5 autos hit in chase

September 10, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer

At least five cars -- two of them Baltimore County police cruisers -- were hit yesterday as a burglary suspect fled from city officers in a stolen car and later took a second one from a bystander, authorities say.

Baltimore officers spotted a stolen Ford Maverick -- driven by a young male they had been looking for in an earlier burglary -- in the O'Donnell Heights area about 4 p.m., and followed it as a police helicopter crew picked up the trail. The Maverick turned into Middle River's Hawthorne community, sideswiping two cars on Kingston Road.

The Maverick hit another car after the suspect jumped out on Sunnythorn Road to steal a Plymouth Sundance from Heather Hudgins, 19, who was vacuuming the vehicle and listening to her radio.

The suspect jumped inside and drove into the path of the first county cruiser and the fourth collision.

The man then drove across a lawn and headed north on Graythorn Road, where he collided head-on with another cruiser. The driver was captured.

Officer Glenn W. Atteberry had minor injuries; the suspect was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Charges were pending early today against Joseph Jason Osterheldt, 20, of the 3900 block of Sinclair Lane in the city.

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