Teens strike officer, crash into another car


Two teen-agers in a car believed to be stolen ran down a city police officer early today after he stopped them for throwing trash out of a window. The car then sped away and later crashed into a car at a Southeast Baltimore intersection.

The teen-agers, the officer and the driver of the car at the intersection were injured.

Police said the incident began about 1 a.m. when Officer Rick Addy, 33, stopped a red 1984 Camaro at Dillon and Conkling streets after a caller reported the occupants of the car were throwing trash onto the street.

Traffic Officer Tony Petralia said that as Officer Addy talked to the driver, the youth suddenly accelerated, knocked the officer to the pavement and raced away.

Officer Addy broadcast a description of the car.

A short time later, the car, then northbound on South East Street, ran a red light at Eastern Avenue and crashed broadside into a 1986 eastbound Subaru driven by James Sikalis, 37, of Joppatowne.

The Subaru overturned and slid more than 100 feet on its top, trapping Mr. Sikalis for nearly an hour, Officer Petralia said.

The Camaro crashed into a Harbor Federal Bank branch office, damaging the building and seriously injuring the teen-agers.

The driver of the Camaro, a 17-year-old from Essex, was taken to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

The passenger, 16, a resident of Dundalk, was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital with head injuries and was in stable condition.

Mr. Sikalis sustained multiple injuries and also was admitted to Hopkins. He was listed in stable condition.

Officer Addy was taken to Church Hospital and was admitted with back and neck injuries.

Officer Petralia said the Camaro was believed stolen and that its driver had been in Shock-Trauma last week after an accident in another stolen car.

Police said that after his release from the hospital, the driver of the Camaro will be charged as juvenile with assault of Officer Addy, a traffic signal violation, operating on a suspended license, negligent driving, excessive speed and leaving the scene of an accident.

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