Four teens in a stolen car led state police on a chase yesterday that reached speeds of more than 130 mph, tried to run down an officer and rammed a police car before being caught near Aberdeen, police said.
The chase started at 5 a.m. in the 3100 block of Ashton Way in the Harford County community of Constant Friendship when the four tried to steal a 1987 Pontiac Formula Firebird, said Tfc. Bob Lukiewski, who was involved in the pursuit. He said the youths set off the car's alarm, and the owner called police.
The teens sped away in a 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, which state police later determined to have been stolen in the Canton area of East Baltimore, police said.
Trooper Lukiewski said he stopped the vehicle on Tollgate Road near Route 24 and asked for the 17-year-old driver's license and registration.
"He was on the side of the road speaking to me when he punched it into gear and took off," Trooper Lukiewski said. "I got out of the way."
The teens drove south on Route 24 and south on Interstate 95, police said. During the 3-mile chase, the Monte Carlo rammed a state police car driven by another trooper, causing about $1,000 damage to the right front fender and door, Trooper Lukiewski said.
The Monte Carlo was forced to a stop along I-95 between Clayton Road and Route 152, the trooper said.
The teens, a 14-year-old girl from Dundalk and two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl from the Canton area, were charged as juveniles with assault and battery, two counts of theft, two counts of malicious destruction of property, motor vehicle tampering, and fleeing and eluding police, the trooper said.