Boy, 15, arrested after police pursuit

May 23, 2008

Anne Arundel County police arrested a 15-year-old boy Wednesday who they said was driving a stolen car after a pursuit that ended with a car crash in Annapolis and the recovery of a sawed-off shotgun, authorities said yesterday. Two passengers also were arrested, police said.

A statement from police said that officers discovered a stolen Dodge Caravan about 2:25 p.m. parked in a Park and Ride lot on Riva Road near Harry S. Truman Parkway. Police said the officers noticed that the vehicle's ignition had been ripped out and a shotgun was inside.

Police watched the van and about 3:45 p.m. saw three people get inside. "Officers confronted the suspects at gunpoint and three suspects attempted to run down the officers," police said in the statement. Police pursued the car to Newtown Drive in Annapolis, where police said the van hit an unmarked police vehicle.

They said the driver tried to run away and was hit by a police-fired Taser gun. The two passengers were pulled from the wrecked van and arrested. Police said they found a loaded sawed-off shotgun and the drug PCP in the van. The 15-year-old and two officers who were in the unmarked vehicle were injured and treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile with possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree assault, possession of an altered shotgun and possession of drugs.

Police said the passengers were charged with the same offenses, but as adults. They were identified as Stephan Delorean Fortune, 18, of Washington, and James Lorenzo Thomas Jr., 21, of the 5800 block of Robin Lane in Camp Springs.

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