Youth, 16, pleads guilty to assault for role in car chase with police


A 16-year-old youth pleaded guilty to assault charges yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court for his role in a 45-mile chase from Easton to Annapolis that ended when officers riddled the suspect's stolen car with bullets.

Aundra R. Smith, of the 2400 block of Elvans Road, Washington, pleaded guilty to assault and battery, reckless driving and assault with intent to avoid lawful apprehension before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

The judge set sentencing for Jan. 12, 1996.

Assistant State's Attorney John LeCornu said the chase began when the Smith youth and his cousin, who also is 16, were seen fleeing the scene of a purse snatching about 11:30 a.m. May 6 at the Easton Plaza shopping center near U.S. 50 in Easton.

The cousin was charged as a juvenile.

But Mr. LeCornu said Aundra Smith, who was driving the car, should be prosecuted as an adult.

At least 15 police cars chased the two youths, who headed west in a stolen gray 1987 Cadillac on U.S. 50, he said.

They fled across the Bay Bridge at speeds up to 80 mph, according to charging documents filed in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

The vehicle rammed two police cars and forced numerous cars off the road before one of the youths pointed what appeared to be a gun at officers and police fired 15 shots at the suspect's car, Mr. LeCornu said. The car then stopped in the westbound lanes of U.S. 50 near the South River Bridge outside Annapolis, he said.

No gun was found in the car, and the youths were not injured, he said.

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