Stolen car crashes teens charged

August 04, 1994|By Matt Ebnet | Matt Ebnet,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Dan Thanh Dang contributed to this article.

Three teen-age boys driving a stolen car crashed into a White Marsh car dealership yesterday -- plowing a parked car 40 feet and crunching it against a wall, Baltimore County police said.

A 14-year-old, identified by police as the driver of the stolen car, and a 15-year-old were treated at Franklin Square Hospital Center and released into the custody of their parents. The other youth, 17, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery and was listed in fair condition yesterday afternoon.

The incident began about 3 a.m. after police officers saw the teens in a Buick on Joppa Road and Cowenton Avenue in northeastern Baltimore County. Police followed the car and pulled it over. But as officers approached, the driver took off.

Two police cars pursued the car briefly but called off the chase after an officer radioed that the driver appeared to be very young, police said.

Nevertheless, when the stolen car reached the end of Cowenton Avenue -- at a "T" intersection with Philadelphia Road -- it went straight into the Smith Motor Co. dealership and into two parked dealership vehicles.

A Chevrolet Cavalier was destroyed when the stolen car plowed it across the lot and into a cement wall. A truck was dented in the right front fender.

Police said the Buick may be the second car the teens, all from the Perry Hall area, stole that night.

A Chevrolet Camaro that had been reported stolen was found near the spot where the Buick was taken, police said. The two younger boys were charged as juveniles late yesterday with auto theft, police said. Charges against the 17-year-old were pending his release from the hospital.

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