Northeast Times

Cops hurt in encounter with Jeeps

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Two 8th Po­lice Dis­trict of­ficers were hos­pit­al­ized with non-life threat­en­ing in­jur­ies after a Jeep rammed their patrol car while they chased an­oth­er Jeep that had been re­por­ted stolen.

The pur­suit began at about 1:45 p.m. on April 18 at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Ash­burn­er Street and ended minutes later when of­ficers cap­tured two sus­pects in the woods near Holme Av­en­ue and Ar­thur Street. Justin Brown, 35, of the 2100 block of Grant Ave., and a 17-year-old male whose name was not re­leased were charged with ag­grav­ated as­sault and re­lated of­fenses.

The uni­formed of­ficers were trav­el­ing north­bound on Frank­ford Av­en­ue when they spot­ted a black Jeep Wran­gler fa­cing west­bound on Ash­burn­er and stopped at a red light. The Jeep matched the de­scrip­tion of a vehicle that had been re­por­ted stolen from out­side a home on the 10000 block of Wal­demire Drive earli­er that day.

As the black Jeep turned south­bound onto Frank­ford, the of­ficers fol­lowed it and at­temp­ted to ex­ecute a car stop, po­lice said. They ac­tiv­ated their emer­gency lights and siren, caus­ing a second, white Jeep to yield to the shoulder. But the black Jeep did not stop, po­lice said.

After a few blocks, the black Jeep turned right onto Welsh Road and the of­ficers at­temp­ted to fol­low, but the trail­ing white Jeep struck the pas­sen­ger side of the po­lice car, ren­der­ing it in­op­er­able. The white Jeep then was driv­en away  east­bound on Welsh Road, fol­low­ing the black Jeep, po­lice said.

The of­ficers de­scribed the op­er­at­ors of both Jeeps to po­lice ra­dio as white males.

Aler­ted to the in­cid­ent by po­lice ra­dio, of­ficers as­signed to the ma­jor crime auto squad were near Holme and Ar­thur when they spot­ted two white males walk­ing in a wooded area. They de­tained the sus­pects un­til the in­jured of­ficers ar­rived and iden­ti­fied both as the op­er­at­ors of the two Jeeps.

Brown al­legedly drove the white Jeep, while the 17-year-old drove the black one.

The two 8th dis­trict of­ficers were treated at Aria Health-Tor­res­dale for un­dis­closed in­jur­ies and re­leased that day. ••

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