DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ) — Two teens, including a 16-year-old driver, were charged for allegedly ramming a Baltimore County Police cruiser Monday night with a stolen Jeep. They were attempting to flee police.
WJZ has exclusive video of the incident that began around 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 8100 block of Shore Rd.
According to police, officers responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle and saw six teens enter the car. They checked the tags and identified the Jeep was reported stolen from the 8000 block of Del Haven earlier that day.
One marked and one unmarked police car blocked the roadway with their lights on as the red Jeep Liberty began to approach them.
Police said the driver then accelerated toward the marked police car, ramming the front of the patrol car with so much force that it drove up onto the car’s front bumper and hood, rendering the patrol card disabled.
“I didn’t even know what to think, I seen 50, 60 cops running up the street,” said resident Alexis Fletcher.
The Jeep also sustained damage and drove a short distance away before stopping. All of the teens bailed from the vehicle and ran in different directions.
Officers created a perimeter and searched the area — asking residents to stay inside and lock their doors.
Two people were arrested a short time later. Four suspects remain at large.
“So it’s most likely that these kids are all friends, and probably live in that general area,” said Baltimore County Police spokesperson Jen Peach.
Police believe the remaining suspects are likely teenagers or young adults.
Jeremy Patrick Hager of the 8000 block of Kavanagh Road was identified as the driver. The 16-year-old will be charged as an adult.
“The driver of the stolen Jeep intentionally accelerated directly towards the marked patrol car with such force that he actually drove up onto the hood of the patrol car,” Peach said.
Derek Darnelle Stroman, 19, of the 7800 block of Harold Rd. was identified as a passenger in the vehicle.
Hager and Stroman are facing the following charges:
- First Degree Assault
- Second Degree Assault
- Second Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
- Reckless Endangerment
- Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle
- Grand Theft
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Unauthorized Removal of Property
- Rogue and Vagabond
They were both denied bail and are being held at the Baltimore County Detention center.
The good news is that the officer in the cruiser was not hurt, but it’s déjà vu for the department, which saw one of their own run down in a similar situation just six weeks ago.
People who live in the community say the suspects ran through their yards trying to get away — but one wasn’t fast enough to out-run a sharp-eyed neighbor.
“I seen a young white kid take off running. Chased after him, up through the alleys, through yards and ended up tackling him over on Ewald,” said Brian Hosier, who tackled the suspect.