Youth gets 5-year term in car chase Easton-Annapolis dTC pursuit ended in hail of bullets

April 02, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel Circuit judge ordered a five-year prison term yesterday for a 16-year-old Washington youth who led police on a high-speed chase from Easton to Annapolis last spring that ended when a state trooper riddled the youth's stolen car with bullets.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ordered the sentence for Aundra R. Smith, of the 2400 block of Elvans Road, Washington, after a prosecutor said Smith might have killed someone in the May 6 chase through parts of Talbot, Queen Anne's and Anne Arundel counties.

"The fact is that he endangered the lives of many people and he should pay the price," said Warren W. Davis III, an assistant state's attorney.

Smith pleaded guilty Oct. 30 to assault and battery, reckless driving and assault with intent to avoid lawful apprehension before Judge Thieme.

The chase began about 11: 30 a.m. when police arrived at the Easton Plaza shopping center on U.S. 50 to investigate reports of an armed robbery. They spotted another youth, also 16, running through the parking lot and jumping into a stolen gray Cadillac that headed west.

The car reached speeds up to 90 mph, ramming two police cars and running other cars off the road as the youths fled across the Bay Bridge with at least 15 police cars behind them. At one point, a state trooper thought he saw one of the youths point a gun, pulled his own and fired 20 rounds, forcing the car off the southbound lanes of Route 2 near the South River Bridge outside Annapolis, Mr. Davis said.

The second youth was found delinquent in juvenile court.

In the 10 months that Smith has been at the Anne Arundel County jail, he has been cited for 20 disciplinary infractions, including spitting and threatening correctional officers, Mr. Davis said.

But Rodney Warren, Smith's lawyer, asked Judge Thieme to consider Smith's youth and that he had never before been convicted of a violent offense.

But Judge Thieme said he believes Smith "is a real danger to society, for whatever reason."

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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