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Car crashes into Mt. Vernon building following a police pursuit

Posted at 7:42 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 23:20:34-04

BALTIMORE — It was an impact so strong it shook a city block on the corner of Read Street and Park Avenue Wednesday night.

A police chased ended with a stolen car slamming into a dry cleaner.

The two men who were in the car were sent to the hospital.

Fortunately, the woman working just feet from this door wasn't hurt.

June Thomas was working a few buildings down when the car hit.

“All of a sudden we heard this big gigantic boom and it felt like an earthquake and our building shook,” Thomas said.

Baltimore Police said the crash was the end of an investigation into a stolen car”

Thomas said officers weren’t far behind the car after it crashed and rushed to apprehend the men.

“One got out of the car and started to run, but then he kind of thought about it because the other cop pulled out a gun and he stopped,” said Thomas. “I’m so glad he stopped because I didn’t want to see another young black man get shot.”

It wasn’t something Adam Forrester is used to seeing, but crime at their doorstep is becoming all too common.

“Just a week and a half ago I had an armed robbery attempted on my place,” Forrester said. “We’ve had several muggings on our street. To come home and to see a car crashed into another entrepreneur’s business during the day is an incredible thing after all that we’ve experienced.”

The car is gone, and a door can be fixed as the rain washes away the remnants of the wreck.

Peace of mind dripping away for Forrester and so many other business and home owners in the area.

“I am fearful for everybody around here which is why I recommended that everybody has less than lethal stuff in their business,” said Forrester. “I don’t want to see anybody get hurt but we need to start looking after each other.”

The city called over building inspectors to check if there was any structural damage, it doesn't appear that there is any.

We're working to find out what charges will be filed.