Baltimore police officer hurt when stolen car hits cruiser


A Baltimore police officer was injured yesterday when a stolen car being driven by a 15-year-old boy backed into the door of her cruiser during a traffic stop in Southwest Baltimore.

After the officer was injured, the youth fled the scene and led other officers on an eight-block chase that ended when he crashed the stolen 1994 Plymouth into another car and then hit a tree, police said.

The youth was being treated yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said he will be charged as a juvenile with assault on an officer, auto theft and numerous traffic violations.

Officer Venera Drennon, 30, a six-year veteran assigned to the Southern District, was treated for head injuries and released from Shock Trauma.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said the incident began about 5:25 a.m. when Drennon and her partner, Officer Freddie Baker, 35, spotted the youth driving the car on Ramsay Street.

The officers pulled over the car as it turned onto South Carey Street. Rowe said that as Drennon got out of the driver's seat, the youth backed into her door. She fell back and hit her head on the door frame.

Rowe said the juvenile sped away, but the vehicle was spotted a few minutes later by other officers, who chased it from Carey Street to West Lombard Street.

Rowe said the boy ran a red light at West Lombard Street and South Fulton Avenue and collided with a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Wilbert Lyons, 65. Lyons was not injured. The car then hit a tree.

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