A Dravosburg man faces charges after McKeesport police accused him of deliberately striking a car being driven by an off-duty police officer, and then fleeing the scene.
Edward M. Gibson, 31, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, leaving the scene of an accident involving an attended vehicle and reckless driving.
He remains free on his own recognizance pending a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. March 28 before Magisterial District Judge Richard D. Olasz Jr.
McKeesport police said the off-duty officer, whose name was not released, was on Maple Avenue just before 11 p.m. Jan. 5 when another driver in a Jeep started to tailgate him.
Police said the other driver was following so closely that the headlights of his vehicle could not be seen.
When the off-duty police officer turned onto the ramp to the Mansfield Bridge, the Jeep followed, and the officer stopped his vehicle, got out and motioned for the Jeep to go around.
Instead, police said, the Jeep deliberately drove toward the officer's car, smashing into the driver's side door and pinning the officer against his own vehicle.
When the officer drew his firearm, the Jeep broke free, nearly tearing off the door of the other vehicle, and drove onto the Mansfield Bridge toward McKeesport. The officer did not fire his weapon, police said.
The off-duty officer followed the Jeep as it first headed toward Glassport, then made a U-turn, and crossed the Mansfield Bridge again toward Dravosburg, police said.
The off-duty police officer notified the McKeesport police warden's desk, and on-duty police officers found the Jeep parked in the driveway of a home on Ridgeview Drive, with a partially empty beer can in the center console. Police said they found the driver, whom they identified as Gibson, sitting on the front porch.
Gibson was taken into custody without further incident, and police said the off-duty officer was not seriously injured.
Originally published January 16, 2019.