Boy accused of trying to run over 2 officers is charged as adult Arrested after chase, teen faces count of attempted first-degree murder

May 13, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

The 14-year-old boy accused of trying to run over two Howard County police officers in the median of Interstate 70 during a lengthy chase early Monday has been charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder.

Police said the youth, identified as Harold Alexander Savoy of the 800 block of George St. in Baltimore, was arrested an hour after allegedly ramming the Honda Accord he was driving into a police car, spinning out of control onto the grassy median and then driving at Howard County officers who were trying to apprehend him.

Those officers, Cpl. Luther Johnson and Officer Barry Boone, then shot at the car three times, Howard police said.

The car was found abandoned at Route 99 and U.S. 29 minutes later with bullet holes in the windshield and driver-side window, police said.

After a search of the area, police arrested a boy, who suffered a cut hand, about 5: 30 a.m. -- 90 minutes after the chase began.

A gold-colored Honda Accord, also involved in the chase, eluded officers, who are searching for its driver, said Sgt. Laura Lu Herman, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police.

Troopers are investigating the incidents, which occurred on a state-patrolled road.

"All indications say the officers did the safe thing," Sgt. Morris Carroll, the county department's spokesman, said of the shooting. He called the car a deadly weapon.

Police said that charging the youth as an adult and the attempted-murder charge highlight the seriousness of the incident.

Herman said that it is clear from what happened that "there was intent behind this."

Police said Boone spotted the gray and gold Honda Accords driving dangerously close together about 4 a.m., eastbound on Route 99 near U.S. 29 in Ellicott City. Boone followed the Hondas on Route 99, which becomes Rogers Avenue, and then west on U.S. 40, before trying to stop the pair, police said.

As the cars headed west, their drivers ignored police and turned north on Marriottsville Road, then east on I-70, police said.

Once on the interstate, both cars reached speeds of between 80 and 90 mph until they approached three Howard County police cruisers driving eastbound in front of them, attempting to block the highway's lanes, police said.

The gold Honda sped by those cars, but the gray Honda, allegedly driven by Savoy, rammed a police car, then spun into the grassy median just over the Baltimore County line, police said.

As Johnson and Boone approached the Honda, its engine raced and it lurched at them, police said.

The officers then fired their weapons, police said. The Honda drove off westbound and was found near the next exit off the interstate, at Route 99. The arrest was made near I-70 and Rogers Avenue, police said.

Both Hondas were stolen, one from Baltimore, the other from Owings Mills, police said.

Pub Date: 5/13/98

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