Wrong-Way Driver Arrested After Nearly Hitting Police Cruiser
WEST END (KDKA) – A wrong-way driver was arrested overnight after nearly slamming into a police cruiser during a chase.
According to police, it all started in the West End.
Despite getting a flat tire and crashing, police said the driver kept going.
At one point, he even drove right toward a police vehicle.
The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Albert William III.
“His rear passenger side tire blew. He crashed into a wall. He was driving the wrong way,” Pittsburgh Public Safety Spokesperson Sonya Toler said.
Police said Williams was driving his SUV when they observed him running through a red light just before 2:30 a.m. With lights and sirens on, police tried to pull Williams over.
“He did turn and come into the direction of the initial officers who were pursuing him,” Toler said.
According to the criminal complaint, Williams drove the wrong way through the West End Circle and down West Carson Street at a high-rate of speed.
“There was a small chase that ensued,” Toler said.
After turning onto Station Square Drive, he crashed into a rocky area off the road.
“The driver, identified as Albert Williams III, attempted to get out of his car and flee from officers,” Toler said.
According to court papers, a passenger told police he asked his friend to stop and let him out during the chase. The passenger was released after being questioned and is not facing charges.
Before being taken to the Allegheny County Jail, Williams was treated for minor injuries from the accident at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
He’s charged with DUI, reckless driving and fleeing police.