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Pittsburgh man fled traffic stop, tried to ditch gun, police say


A Pittsburgh motorist is in jail after police say he drove away from officers who tried to pull him over and threw a gun out of a car window as they followed him Monday in the city’s Troy Hill neighborhood.

Officers were patrolling in an unmarked police car shortly after 2:30 p.m. when they saw a red Nissan Altima make a right turn without signaling, according to Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.

Police followed the car to Chestnut and East Ohio streets and activated their lights to make a traffic stop, Toler said.

The driver — later identified as Preston McClain Jr. of the city’s Garfield neighborhood — fled on East Ohio and made a left turn at a red light onto the I-279 ramp, Toler said. Along the way, officers saw the driver throw a gun out of the driver’s-side window, Toler said. McClain then stopped the vehicle after a short distance, according to police. A woman and girl were also in the car, authorities said.

McClain, 26, is charged with firearms violations and driving without a license.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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