DUQUESNE, Pa. (KDKA) — A registered sex offender wanted in Connecticut is now facing a long list of charges here in the Pittsburgh-area after police say he sped away from a traffic stop and caused a crash that injured another person.
According to Allegheny County Police, it all started just before 11:10 p.m. Sunday when a Duquesne Police officer tried to pull the suspect over at Grant Avenue and Duquesne Boulevard (Route 837) for a motor vehicle code violation.
Police say the driver of the black Nissan Altima, 39-year-old Daniel Disiero, who is listed as a sex offender under Megan’s Law for sexual assault of the third degree, instead made an abrupt U-turn over the median strip and fled.
The officer followed Disiero for about one-fourth of a mile and then ended the pursuit.
As the officer continued driving along Duquesne Boulevard, he came upon a crash involving the suspect’s Nissan and a Chevy Equinox SVU at Commonwealth Avenue.
The crash happened in front of Nicholas Auto Sales and just a few hundred feet away from the entrance to Kennywood.
Police say Disiero lost control of his car and slammed into the Equinox, which was going in the opposite direction.
Disiero and the 45-year-old driver of the SUV were taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries. Neither of their conditions have been released.
The driver of the Chevy struck two parked cars at Nicholas’ Auto Sales. The owner of the auto shop didn’t want to go on camera, but said the SUV is likely totaled, and he has to wait on his insurance to assess the damage. He showed KDKA his surveillance video. You can’t see the crash, but can see police cars responding to the scene. The same case goes for the surveillance video from the pawn shop across the street.
Investigators say Disiero is wanted by the Tomaston Police in Connecticut. He is facing a long list of charges there, including weapon in a motor vehicle, engaging in pursuit, reckless driving, evading, misuse of plates and no insurance.
Allegheny County Police are charging him with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving under a suspension, aggravated assault by vehicle, aggravated assault and other traffic violations.
Duquesne Boulevard was shut down for nearly six hours, but has since reopened.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).