A stolen car being chased yesterday by police crashed into two police cruisers, then smashed into two civilian cars before the driver finally gave up the escape.
Four teen-agers -- two 14 and two 16 years of age -- were charged with assault with intent to murder. Police said the stolen car veered at the cruisers and rammed them.
Both cruisers were heavily damaged and one of the officers, Darren Blackwell, 25, a three-year veteran, received a sprained left arm, but was spared more serious injury when his driver's air bag inflated. He was treated and released at University of Maryland Medical Center.
The teen-agers also were charged with handgun violations. Police said they saw a pistol thrown out the window of the pursued car in the heat of the chase.
The chase began about 2:15 p.m. when a patrol officer in the 1000 block of Franklin St. saw a black Hyundai automobile that had been reported stolen from the Northwest District earlier in the day, said Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman.
Agent Price said the driver of the car refused to pull over and the officer radioed for backup.
At one point, the car slammed into the cruiser pursuing it, then veered and rammed into a second cruiser -- driven by Officer Blackwell -- parked at a red light at Carrollton Avenue, police said.
The cruiser, one of the department's new Ford Taurus models, was disabled, but the air bag inflated, police said.
After the Hyundai struck Officer Blackwell's cruiser, police said, someone in the pursued car was seen to throw a gun out the window.
With police still in pursuit, the stolen auto crashed into two civilian cars near Pulaski Street before it hit a curb and all four occupants tried to run away, police said. They were apprehended after a short chase.
Police said the drivers of the two cars on Pulaski Street were not injured.
The 16-year-olds were being held and were to be charged as adults. The 14-year-olds were being held at the Waxter Children's Center in Laurel.