N.Y. teen driver charged after doctor is run down, injured


A 16-year-old New York youth was arrested over the weekend after police matched his description to a hit-and-run driver who ran down a Sinai Hospital doctor in a Reisterstown restaurant parking lot, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

The victim, Dr. Stephen Herbert Pollock, 45, suffered a broken leg. The driver fled the scene, police said.

The youth -- whose identity was withheld because of his age -- was charged as a juvenile with assault with intent to murder, assault with a vehicle and battery after his arrest Saturday night in Pikesville, police said. The teen, who has a New York City permanent address, was being held yesterday at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for juvenile offenders in Cub Hill, police said.

Police said that about 10 p.m. Friday, Dr. Pollock, a Reisterstown resident and acting director for the division of cardiology at Sinai Hospital, was driving north on Reisterstown Road followed by his brother, Robert Pollock, in one car and an unidentified person in a third car. A 1993 Mercury Topaz pulled alongside the three cars, police said.

Witnesses told police the young driver of the Topaz began gesturing and yelling profanities at the cars. Dr. Pollock, his brother and the third driver turned off Reisterstown Road into the parking lot of Harryman House Restaurant to get a better look at the Topaz's license plate, police said. Dr. Pollock and his brother then got out of their cars.

The Topaz's driver followed them into the parking lot, increased speed and headed for Robert Pollock, police said. But the car veered to the right and struck Dr. Pollock, who was standing near the curb, police said.

The driver then drove out of the parking lot and sped southbound on Reisterstown Road, police said.

The doctor was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition yesterday with a fractured leg. Dr. Pollock declined to discuss the incident.

Police traced the car, which had Maryland tags, to a home near the Bonnie View Golf Course in Pikesville, where the youth's mother lives. He was arrested there.

He will remain at Hickey School pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services, police said.

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