Pennsylvania police pursuit of stolen truck ends in Baltimore

17-year-old allegedly stole his father's truck before attracting trail of police cruisers

September 27, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A 17-year-old Pennsylvania boy who stole his father's truck and attracted a tail of at least a dozen state and county police cruisers as he led them on a chase south into Baltimore City was caught on North Charles Street Wednesday night, police said.

He and his 14-year-old female passenger were taken into custody after foot chases in the city. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Adam Reed said Thursday that the 17 year old has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding police and recklessly endangering.

The chase down Interstate 83 and into Baltimore attracted so much attention in part because it involved a large number of Pennsylvania State, Maryland State and Baltimore County police troopers and officers following the truck, according to a York County state police dispatcher fielding inquiries about the chase.

Local reports from Baltimore County, including the Towson area, also described a dramatic scene of police vehicles moving down Charles Street.

According to Reed the teen's father had reported the truck stolen earlier in the day in Fairview Township, which is just south of Harrisburg.

When Pennsylvania state troopers spotted the truck on I-83, they attempted to perform a traffic stop, Reed said.

The teen "obviously wouldn't stop," Reed said.

As troopers from Harrisburg and then York responded, the teen continued driving south into Maryland, where Maryland State Police and Baltimore County police joined the pursuit, Reed said.

When the traveling band crossed into the city about 6:45 p.m., city police also responded to assist, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

The chase ended shortly thereafter, after the boy crashed the truck into multiple cars at North Charles and Northern Parkway, then crashed it into a light pole and tree, Maryland State Police said.

The chase was out of the ordinary, Reed said, especially for the total distance it covered.

"I've heard of pursuits going into Maryland or West Virginia or whatnot, but certainly not all the way into Baltimore City," Reed said.

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