Police: Teens steal Jeep, crash it into front of cop car in Dundalk

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A couple Baltimore County teens are currently jailed after police said they stole a Jeep and, when confronted by officers in Dundalk, drove it head-on into a marked patrol car.

Police spotted their suspects, identified as 16-year-old Jeremy Patrick Hager and 19-year-old Derek Darnelle Stroman, with four others climbing into a red Jeep Liberty on Shore Road just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. After a tag check indicated the SUV had been reported stolen that morning from a home about a mile away, officers blocked Shore Road with one marked and one unmarked cruiser, activating their emergency lights.

According to the police department’s account, Hager, the alleged driver, then “accelerated directly” toward the marked cruiser, “ramming the front of the patrol car with such force that it partially drove up onto the front bumper and hood.” Both the police car and the Jeep were disabled in the collision.

Officer Jennifer Peach, a spokeswoman for the police department, said one officer was inside the vehicle that was struck. He was not injured in the collision.

Six people jumped out and scattered, according to police. With aerial surveillance, K-9 units and other officers helping to set a perimeter, they nabbed two of their suspects several blocks away. The other four remain at large.

Hager and Stroman both face nine charges, including first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, grand theft and assault of a law enforcement officer, among others. Hager is being charged as an adult “due to the seriousness of the charges,” police said. Neither of them have been arrested for any criminal offenses before, court records show.

Neither teen had an attorney listed in court records.

Both teens were held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center after an initial bail hearing, but both also have another bail review hearing coming up, according to police.

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