Three people were injured after a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended with a crash at North Avenue and North Calvert Street, near city schools headquarters, according to witnesses and police.
Witnesses said they saw an unmarked police vehicle in pursuit of a Suzuki sedan before that car collided with another at the intersection. Firefighters removed the driver on a stretcher from the vehicle that was hit, and had to tear the top of the sedan completely off to remove a male in the driver's seat.
In an email, police said that officers from the Regional Auto Theft Task Force located a stolen vehicle around 9:57 a.m. The driver fled when officers attempted a stop. The police said that by the time the vehicle had been located by the helicopter unit, it had crashed into two vehicles.
That account contrasted with that of witnesses, who said they saw police pursuing the vehicle as far away as Saint Paul Street and Mount Royal Avenue.
Derrick Robinson, 22, and Shantell Randall, 21, had been driving on North Avenue and had turned onto Calvert when the crash occurred behind them.
Randall said she saw the police SUV and the sedan screaming up Calvert Street several blocks before the crash occurred.
Robinson said he heard two loud booms. He said it was a “blessing” that he had passed through the intersection before the crash occurred.
Police said the injured were transported to area hospitals, and their conditions were not immediately known. A suspect was not identified.