DORMONT (KDKA) – Police continue their search for a suspect today following an overnight pursuit and crash in Dormont.
Authorities say the suspect was driving a stolen red Jeep Cherokee when a Dormont police officer tried to pull him over.
The Dormont officer, Sgt. Ralf Zawischa, says he attempted to make the traffic stop around 2 a.m. when he saw the vehicle traveling the wrong way on Park Boulevard.
“I just figured it was a routine traffic stop,” Sgt. Zawischa said.
However, Sgt. Zawischa said the driver put the vehicle in reverse and struck the police crusier.
“It lost control shortly after that and slid into a parked car. As my police vehicle got closer, the driver of the vehicle threw the jeep into reverse and backed it into my police car. The vehicles became entangled because of the push bar. The jeep actually rode up over the push bar,” said Sgt. Zawischa. “He couldn’t go anywhere so he exited the vehicle, attempted to run.”
“I tried to restrain him. An altercation ensued,” said Sgt. Zawischa. “He was able to slip [out of] his jacket.”
Officials say police with Dormont, Baldwin, Mount Lebanon and Castle Shannon searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.
They are continuing the search today.
Also, authorities say they were able to contact the owner of the jeep in White Oak. Police also found checkbooks in the Jeep from someone is Beechview and a car radio.