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Cops: Pittsburgh man tossed 50 bricks of heroin from car during North Huntingdon pursuit

Paul Peirce
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A Pittsburgh man who led state troopers on a three-mile chase along Route 30 in North Huntingdon Township late Friday allegedly tossed 50 bricks of heroin out of his car window before abandoning the still-moving vehicle on foot, according to court documents.

Laplez G. Cummings, 34, was captured with the assistance of a township K9 officer, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed before District Judge Wayne Gongaware.

Cummings was arraigned on charges of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, fleeing and attempting to elude police, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license, driving on a suspended license and driving at an unsafe speed. He was ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $50,000 bail.

Trooper Anthony Arbaczewski reported in an affidavit of probable cause that he attempted to pull over Cummings near the intersection of Route 30 and Carpenter Road in Cummings’ red 2011 Chevrolet Camaro about 10 p.m. because it had an expired registration and records indicated Cummings, did not have a valid driver’s license.

Arbaczewski said Cummings fled the attempted traffic stop eastbound on Route 30 “changing lanes, going through red lights and cutting other vehicles off” along the busy highway.

At one point, troopers said they saw Cummings toss a large item from the passenger side window that subsequently was found to be a vacuum-sealed bag containing 2,600 stamp bags of suspected heroin.

“(Cummings) was pursued for approximately 2.9 miles until the operator jumped out of a moving vehicle without coming to a stop. The vehicle then travelled down Route 30 eastbound into the westbound lanes where law enforcement was able to push the uncontrolled vehicle with their police cruisers and push it into the Enterprise parking lot,” Arbaczewski wrote.

After his captured, Arbaczewski reported in court documents that “Cummings stated that what he did was wrong and admitted throwing the heroin out of his vehicle.”

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Feb. 6 before Gongaware.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.