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North Hills Man Charged With Ramming Police Car

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
February 19, 2018
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A North Hills man is being held in Allegheny County Jail after McKeesport police said he deliberately rammed a police car with the stolen vehicle he was driving.

Antwuan Berry, 21, faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 26 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. He is currently being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, court officials said.

The charges against Berry stem from an incident early on the morning of Feb. 3. City police said Sgt. Steve Kondrosky was on routine patrol along Lysle Boulevard when he spotted a car that had been reported stolen.

According to a police report, Kondrosky radioed for assistance and began following the vehicle as it turned onto Coursin Street, Fifth Avenue and Ravine Street.

On Ravine Street, police said, the stolen vehicle was met by a McKeesport police cruiser driving in the opposite direction.

McKeesport police said the driver of the stolen vehicle appeared to be deliberately accelerating directly at the cruiser, driven by McKeesport police Officer Patricia Summers.

According to a report, Summers attempted to avoid the oncoming car but the stolen car struck her cruiser, then fled toward Evans Avenue.

Police said officers began to pursue the fleeing vehicle until it struck a curb and came to a stop in an empty lot at the corner of Ravine Street and Evans Avenue.

The driver got out of the car and attempted to escape on foot, but was caught and arrested after a brief struggle, police said.

The driver, later identified by police as Berry, was taken to UPMC McKeesport hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the car wreck, police said.

A passenger in the vehicle, whom police identified as Romika Harden, 19, of McKeesport, also fled on foot, police said, but was arrested a short time later near the intersection of Bailie and Evans avenues.

Berry is charged by McKeesport police with aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, obstructing the administration of justice, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and failing to stop at stop signs.

Harden is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Originally published February 19, 2018.

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