Jury Returns Mixed Verdict In Violent Chase Trial
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A jury reached a mixed verdict in the attempted homicide case against a Homewood man accused of leading police on a chase that seriously injured two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy last June.
Sean Wright was found guilty of attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault against two Pittsburgh police detectives.
However, he faced the same charges for injuries to five other officers, but was acquitted on the attempted criminal homicide charges. He was found guilty of aggravated assault.
Wright will be sentenced in September.
Last year, police arrested Wright, then 21, for the pursuit that began in Garfield and ended in a violent crash in Monroeville. At the time of his arrest, Wright claimed his car was to blame.
An accident reconstruction expert, however, concluded that Wright made no attempt to stop his vehicle and intentionally rammed police cars and police officers.
Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Cindy Smith testified last week that Wright came straight at her partner and her in a Lincoln Navigator. “We were being pushed by a truck,” Smith said. “I saw the defendant coming over the grill, coming at us… He pushed us out of the way and kept going. He never stopped.”
Lieutenant Richard Pritchard and Homicide Detective Brian Johnson were the most seriously injured. Both men are still recovering from the injuries they received and remain off the job.
Detective Johnson fought back tears as he recounted the accident and talked about how he has been living in constant pain as a result of his injuries.