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Harmar car chase, crash not the first for that section of Route 28 |

Harmar car chase, crash not the first for that section of Route 28

Paul Peirce And Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:42 a.m
State police are looking for a 28-year-old Arnold man who fled a car after a high-speed chase that reached 105 miles an hour along Route 28 in Harmar early Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
State police are looking for a 28-year-old Arnold man who fled a car after a high-speed chase that reached 105 miles an hour along Route 28 in Harmar on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

There was another high-speed chase on Route 28 in the Alle-Kiski Valley, this one early Wednesday in Harmar that ended in a crash.

It was the third notable police chase on the expressway this year, one of which was on foot.

No one was known to be injured, although police said the driver, a 23-year-old Arnold woman, was going 105 mph at one point.

State police have not identified the woman, who was arrested at the crash scene.

Police are looking for Anthony Williams, no age available,also of Arnold, who they said was a passenger who fled the scene.

Among the charges the driver faces are fleeing police, recklessly endangering and driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

A trooper said the incident began about 12:30 a.m. during a Route 28 traffic detail when a 2004 Acura sedan was clocked at 105 mph northbound in a 55-mph zone.

As police gave chase, the car attempted to exit Route 28 in Harmar (Exit 11) but couldn’t make the curve on the ramp and skidded through a grassy area.

The car continued sliding across Route 910, crossing over a concrete safety island and skidding onto Route 28’s northbound on-ramp. It struck a guardrail and came to a stop.

Troopers said Williams fled the scene prior to their arrival and that the driver told police Williams was in the car with her.

Anyone with information on Williams’ whereabouts is asked to call state police at 724-543-2011.

Earlier chases — 1 on foot

• In January, Byron Edward Williams, 26, of Pittsburgh was pulled over on Route 28 in Frazer. They said he gave a trooper a false name before shoving him into a guardrail and wrestling with him.

Police said he warned the trooper that he had a gun and wasn’t going back to jail. He ran into the woods on the afternoon on Jan. 8 and disappeared.

Williams, of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, eventually was arrested in Pittsburgh. He is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and resisting arrest. His trial date in Allegheny County Court has not been set.He faces similar gun and assault charges for a chase involving Pittsburgh police.

• On Feb. 28, Devan Demetri Chapman, 19, of New Kensington led police on a high-speed chase on Route 28 from Fox Chapel to the Harmar exit and then on local roads into Springdale. Police said he was driving a car he stole from a relative.

The chase ended when Chapman crashed into two utility poles and a porch at the intersection of Pittsburgh at Orchard streets.

Chapman, who was injured in the crash, is charged with fleeing and eluding police, having stolen property (the car), reckless endangerment and related traffic offenses.

He waived 18 charges to court, among them speeding, theft, fleeing or eluding police and reckless endangerment.

He is to be arraigned May 8, and his trial date in Allegheny County Court will be scheduled after that.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Williams is asked to call (724) 543-2011.

Paul Peirce and Chuck Biedka are Tribune-Review staff writers. Reach Peirce at 724-850-2860 or Reach Biedka at 724-226-4711 or or on Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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