Carjacking suspect caught after lengthy chase

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Police took a man suspected of a carjacking in McKeesport into custody after a lengthy chase that ended with him jumping from the roof of an auto body shop in Uptown early today.

Klein Thaxton, 21, was being treated at UPMC Presbyterian under guard for an ankle injury.

University of Pittsburgh spokesman John Fedele said Pitt police attempted to stop Mr. Thaxton about 12:40 a.m. near the corner of Fifth and Meyran avenues because he was driving erratically and had a headlight out. But he sped away, leading them on a chase down Fifth Avenue, Mr. fedele said.

City police joined the chase in Uptown and the caravan continued through Downtown and the West End.

He made his way to Brownsville Road, where Baldwin Borough police took over the chase.

It was at that point that Pitt police learned that the car matched the description of one that had been carjacked in McKeesport.

Mr. Thaxton then drove back through the South Side, across the Birmingham Bridge and back into Uptown, police said.

He hit a curb on Gist Street near Tustin Street and jumped out, scaling Forbes Auto Body and then jumping from the roof to a neighboring property in his attempt to elude police, police said.

He was detained by officers there.

It's not clear if Mr. Thaxton has been released from the hospital yet. And according to court records, he has not yet been charged in either the carjacking or the police chase.

Pitt police plan to charge him with vehicle violations. McKeesport police could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Moriah Balingit: or 412-263-2533.


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