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Penn Hills Man Held for Trial in Pursuit, Crash

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
November 01, 2016
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Penn Hills man faces formal arraignment Dec. 14 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in connection with a police pursuit that began in McKeesport and ended, on foot, several miles away under the George Westinghouse Bridge in East Pittsburgh.

On Monday, Paul Snoe II, 21, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr. in McKeesport. He is currently free on recognizance bond, court records indicate.

According to a criminal complaint filed by city police Lt. Robert Eastman, Snoe was the driver of a Ford Flex that had been reported stolen from Dormont. Eastman spotted the vehicle just after 9 a.m. Oct. 14 near the intersection of Grandview and Versailles avenues and notified other police units to stop the car.

Another police officer spotted the car on Garbett Street near Patterson Avenue and began following it, the complaint states. When police attempted to stop the vehicle near the corner of White Street and Shaw Avenue, it fled at a high rate of speed toward the Highland Grove section of the city, police said.

Traveling at speeds estimated at more than 90 mph, police said, the car headed up Bowman Avenue but went out of control and crashed into a fence. The driver then fled on foot, police said.

With the help of a K-9 officer, McKeesport police followed the driver down the steep embankment toward the railroad tracks, police said.

Some time later, a North Versailles Twp. police officer spotted a suspect under the Westinghouse Bridge and detained him, McKeesport police said. Though inaccessible to the general public, there are railroad tracks and private roads connecting the area off Bowman Avenue with the area of Turtle Creek under the bridge.

The suspect was identified by police as Snoe.

Snoe is charged by McKeesport police with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police, resisting arrest, four counts of recklessly endangering other persons, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, obstruction of justice, five counts of criminal mischief, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, careless driving and multiple motor vehicle violations. All of the charges were waived to court on Monday, court officials said.

Originally published November 01, 2016.

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