Underage Driver Charged After Stolen Car Hits Police Cruiser

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 14-year-old Duquesne resident faces charges in Allegheny County juvenile court after McKeesport police said he was behind the wheel of a stolen car that hit a police cruiser.

The young man, whose name was not released by police, is charged with receiving stolen property, driving without a license and causing an accident involving an occupied vehicle.

McKeesport police said two officers were on patrol early Saturday morning on Evans Avenue when they saw a black Mercury sedan matching the description of a car that had been reported stolen a few hours earlier in Duquesne.

The McKeesport officers followed the vehicle south on Evans Avenue, across Versailles Avenue, toward Hamilton Street. According to a police report, when the officers confirmed the car had been reported stolen, they and other officers attempted to pull the vehicle over.

The car stopped near the intersection of Stewart Street and Patterson Avenue and was blocked by a police cruiser, police said, but the young driver failed to put the car's transmission into park, and it drifted forward and hit the squad car.

The driver surrendered without incident and was placed under arrest, police said. No injuries were reported.

Six other juveniles were passengers in the car, police said, but were not charged.

Originally published October 04, 2018.

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