BALDWIN (KDKA) – An officer avoided being hit during an early Tuesday morning police chase.
According to police, the man behind the wheel has a lengthy criminal history and he’s still on the loose.
“It was about 2:50 this morning, our officers were out on a vehicle stop on Glass Run Road when they noticed a vehicle accelerating, coming at them at a high-rate of speed with its high beams activated. Since they were on another traffic stop, they didn’t go after this vehicle,” Baldwin Police Chief Michael Scott said.
Moments later, the Ford SUV came back he nearly hit the officers and their cruisers. Officers began to chase the vehicle at that time.
The chase eventually came to an end off of Glass Run Road under the Glenwood Bridge.
“The individual bailed out of the vehicle and ran into the woods,” Chief Scott said.
The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Lafon Ellis. However, this was not the first time police and Ellis crossed paths over the last day.
“Apparently the City of Pittsburgh had contact with this driver a short time earlier and Homestead Police believe this individual is wanted by the Marhalls’ Service,” Chief Scott said.
Sources also said a vehicle matching the exact same description was involved in a possible attempted armed robbery in Avalon.
Ellis is no stranger to problems with the police and at the age of 14 he was arrested for armed robbery and aggravated assault after shooting at some high school students at a Duquesne University basketball game.
Ellis spent time in juvenile detention for that incident.
Anyone with any information about Ellis’ whereabouts is asked to call police.
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