DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (WJLA) - A Maryland teenager is clinging to life at a D.C. hospital after Prince George's County Police chased him on his dirt bike and he crashed. The incident is now under investigation and the victim's family is questioning whether police went too far.
On Monday afternoon, 17-year-old Amir Brooks was riding his dirt bike with his cousin. His mother, Pamela Brooks, told ABC 7 News he left their apartment complex near the intersection of Marlboro Pike and Brooks Drive in District Heights.
Brooks says minutes later her son was pursued by a Prince George's County Police officer up Pennsylvania Avenue to the D.C. line, some two miles away. Amir apparently lost control of his bike another 0.75 miles into the District, and he and his cousin crashed into a tree on Alabama Avenue SE. Neither was wearing a helmet, and now Amir is fighting for his life at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
"They're basically telling everybody to come see himsay their goodbyesand that's hard," Brooks said.
Amir's mother is baffled as to why her son was chased by police.
"This police officer told me, she said he was being pursued by PG County Police on his dirt bike. I just don't understand why they would chase him," Brooks said. "I could see if he was committing a crimedoing something really badbut he was just riding a dirt bike."
Metropolitan Police told ABC 7 News they are investigating the accident, but were not involved in a police pursuit.
Prince George's County Police sent ABC 7 News a statement saying, "The Prince George's County Police Department's Special Investigation Response Team is conducting a separate administrative investigation into the matter."
After some digging, ABC 7 News found it is illegal to operate an off-road vehicle on public streets in Prince George's County and is punishable by a civil citation.
Brooks says her son likely didn't pull over when he was pursued by police because he was afraid.
"He got scared, he probably got scared," she said. "He's 17, he's a teenagerhe was scared he was gonna get in trouble."
Though Amir is on life support and his organs are failing, his family is still holding out hope.
"He had so much life to live a bright future ahead of him," said his brother, Tionne Penn-Brooks. "I just wish he coulda had a second chance."