Hearing Delayed For Man Accused Of Speeding Through Checkpoint
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local man will have to wait for his day in court on charges that he sped through a DUI checkpoint sending officers diving out of the way.
Police say Terrell Grant, 19, of Arlington, sped through the checkpoint on the Birmingham Bridge over the Labor Day weekend. Grant then lost control and crashed into several cars in Oakland.
While Grant was supposed to face a preliminary hearing on the charges this morning, the case was continued to a later date.
With a list of charges stacked against Grant, his attorney says the Commonwealth needs to prove that his client should be charged with 18 counts of aggravated assault.
“There are 18 counts of aggravated assault,” Defense Attorney Blaine Jones said. “I mean, were 18 people injured? Are 18 people going to hobble into this courtroom on crutches and in bandages and testify? That’s what we want to see; beause if it’s not there, then you gotta throw these charges out.”
But state police troopers in the criminal complaint say that Grant put many people in danger, running red lights and speeding. Police say they witnessed Grant’s rented minivan going airborne before crashing into six vehicles; and they say the discovered marijuana and a firearm suppressor in the van.
Even though Grant has posted bond for this case, his bond option was revoked for two other cases. Grant is already awaiting trial in a drug trafficking and illegal firearms case. He’s currently being held at the Allegheny County Jail.
Grant is due back in court in November.