City officer is injured in car chase

Vehicle pursued by auto theft team slams into cruiser

September 02, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A city police officer was injured yesterday when a car being chased by other officers slammed into the driver's side of her cruiser at a West Baltimore intersection.

Southwestern District Officer Joy Jackson, 31, who has been on the force six years, was listed in good condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Firefighters had to cut her out of the crumpled cruiser.

The man being chased in a gold Nissan Maxima was taken to Bon Secours Hospital complaining of chest pains, police said. He was not identified by police.

Police said the incident began about 3:30 p.m. when officers in the Regional Auto Theft Task Force tried to pull over the Nissan, which matched a description of a car seen at three recent Baltimore County bank robberies.

The driver of the car did not stop, and officers gave chase. It was unclear exactly how fast the several-minutes-long pursuit lasted. Police chases are banned in Baltimore unless there are exceptional circumstances and are approved by supervisors.

Police said the Maxima, going north on Ashburton Street, went through a stop sign and collided with Jackson, who was driving west on Edmondson Avenue, heading for the general location to help her colleagues. She was not involved in the pursuit.

The impact sent the cruiser spinning onto the sidewalk at the intersection's northeastern corner. The Nissan ended up sandwiched between the police vehicle and a rowhouse.

Bill Toohey, a Baltimore County police spokesman, said the officers did not know whether the gold Nissan they were chasing was the same car seen outside the banks.

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